Why are Chelsea wonderkids Brown and Solanke now making headlines?

Chelsea duo combined for England's under-17 side.

Chelsea not only sit top of the Premier League, but they possess a squad of youngsters which are the envy of many a club in Europe.

They can afford to have the likes of Lucas Piazon and Bertrand Traore out on loan, while remaining in west London, Jeremie Boga and Charly Musonda appear to be special talents.

It's not just foreign talent either, as Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke appear intent on proving.

Brown set a club record at West Brom as their youngster ever player to perform in the top flight at the end of last season, but that show of faith was not enough to stop the now 17-year-old signing for Chelsea.

He along with striker Dominic Solanke (pictured) combined yesterday for England's under-17 side in a decisive move to see the Three Lions dispatch of the Czech Republic in the Elite Round qualifier for the European Championships.

It was Solanke, 16, who scored the winner in the 1-0 victory, adding to the 18 goals he has scored for Chelsea's youth teams so far this season.

The FA's website reported: "Defender David Stepanek was closed down by Brown on the edge of his area, and the striker nicked the ball before racing clear and firing at goal from the right. The goalkeeper was powerless to stop it as it travelled across his goal before hitting the inside of the post, resting perfectly for Solanke to tap home."

England's potential qualification for the tournament's finals in Malta this summer depend on results against Albania and Italy, but the winning start bodes well.

Participating in the finals would be a further test for England's next batch of hopefuls to test themselves versus the very best in their age group, and be a valuable learning experience for Chelsea's Brown and Solanke.

All the signs are the the club have a couple of gems in their ranks, but both will have to continue on their upwards curve if they are to establish themselves at a club where competition for places is notoriously difficult.

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