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Three Leeds United prospects who could become England stars

We take a look at three Leeds United youngsters who could emulate Fabian Delph and become England regulars.

Leeds United may have been on a progressive decline since the turn of the century, but the one thing which has remained consistent at the club was highlighted in midweek when Fabian Delph made his first England start.

The Whites have slipped from Champions League semi-finalists to Championship also-rans since 2000, but their academy system still remains the envy of many clubs across the country. 

Although, previously, the Yorkshire side may have been able to keep hold of their better prospects for longer periods of time, given their success, there was still a sense of pride around Elland Road when Delph pulled on the Three Lions' shirt. 

The midfielder, who progressed from youth-teamer to first team star at Leeds before moving to Aston Villa, excelled on his first competitive appearance for Roy Hodgson's men and he highlights the strength of the academy of Leeds. 

The challenge for their current crop of youngsters will be to emulate Delph now and in this piece we look at three stars how many be able to rise to the very top in their current squad. 

Sam Byram

The right-back has already been linked with a move to the Premier League after impressing over the past few seasons at Elland Road.

Byram is blessed with superb energy, but he is also robust whilst being comfortable in possession. It means that he has all the attributes to make an excellent modern day full-back. 

At the age of 20, Byram still has a lot to learn, but he is particularly experienced for one so young - playing nearly 100 first-team games in all competitions already. 

He also comes through in a problem position for the Three Lions. There is a dearth of top quality right-backs in the country and, if Byram continues on his current trajectory, he has the potential to fill this void in the future. 

Lewis Cook

A diminutive, creative figure, Lewis Cook could end the long search for an evasive number 10 than England have faced for a number of years. 

Cook is only 17-years-old, but he already has four appearances for the first-team and in every one he has impressed. 

This season is expected to be a breakthrough one for him and if he can continue to impress then he is likely to be hunted by some of the Premier League giants. 

Cook already has caps for England up to under-18 level and it is unlikely to take too long before he progresses even further up the ranks. 

Alex Mowatt

A player who drifted out of first-team contention at Leeds United under David Hockaday, Mowatt was one of the bright sparks in what was a disappointing season last year.

The Whites struggled to mid-table mediocrity in the Championship last campaign, but Mowatt's emergence as a first-team talent was a sign of encouragement.

The now departed Hockaday appeared to not favour the midfielder, but his first start of the season provided the Whites with a win against Bolton Wanderers and he will be looking to push on from that.

Mowatt's form has already been noticed by the England selectors, and he was handed his first under-19 cap last season.  

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