PHOTO: Mourinho's pet project thrilled to be learning from Drogba

England under-17 striker Dominic Solanke has expressed his satisfaction at learning alongside Didier Drogba.

The biggest effect of Didier Drogba's return to Chelsea may land up being felt for years to come.

Teenage striker Dominic Solanke took to his Twitter page on Friday to express his satisfaction at 'being able to learn from the best'.

Solanke was England's under-17 World Cup hero earlier this summer, scoring a crucial goal in the final against Holland.

A regular scorer for the club's under-18 side, Solanke is one of the players identified by Jose Mourinho as an England star of the future.

The Chelsea boss even said earlier this week he was committed to bringing him through:

"If, in a few years, Baker, Brown and Solanke are not national team players, I should blame myself. They are part of a process the club started without me, during that period before I came back."

He added that Solanke, only 16, would make the step up to the under-21 side and train with the first team this season.

Being able to train week in and week out alongside Didier Drogba will do the English prospect the world of good, and just illustrates the masterplan the Special One is putting into effect, which could benefit the whole country in years to come.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch