Jose Mourinho: These three Chelsea youngsters will play for England

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Chelsea manager has identified Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke as three of the Chelsea youth-team who will represent England.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has named Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker and Dominic Solanke, as three players from the Blues youth-team who will go on to represent England.

The trio have all been training with the first team during pre-season and Mourinho has obviously been impressed by what he has seen from the youngsters.

He says that their performances have meant that his need to sign an English player, to fit in with UEFA regulations for the Champions League, has been nullified and that all three will go on to represent the country at a later stage in their careers.

“My conscience tells me that if, for example, Baker, Brown, and Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself," he told the club's official site.

"They are part of a process the club started without me. In this moment, we have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure."

Brown may have been the most eye-catching of the clutch of Chelsea youth-team products so far.

Signed from West Bromwich Albion at a young-age, he has thrived when being thrown in with some of their first-team stars this summer and managed to score twice in their game against Wycombe.

It was the first real announcement of his talent at Stamford Bridge and the 17-year-old looks a huge prospect.

Getting first team-football, however, may be hard. Although Mourinho insisted upon his return to Chelsea that he would provide youth-team players a chance, the demands for instant success in modern day football often mean that managers are reluctant to give their young players opportunities.

Indeed, for all of Chelsea’s success in modern times, their youth-system has been virtually defunct – with very few players making the grade.

It is hoped that the aforementioned trio will have the talent to do so, though, and if they do it can only be good news for club and country.

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