Three Chelsea prospects named in under-21 squad to take on England

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Mario Pasalic, Stipe Perica and Matej Delac will all face off against Lewis Baker and Patrick Bamford next Friday.

England take on Croatia in the European under-21 Championship play-off first-leg next Friday at Molineux as they look to make their way to the the 2015 Euro under-21 finals in the Czech Republic.

Gareth Southgate has led the Young Lions to an excellent run of form in recent times and they will be hoping to get the better of the Croatians in Wolverhampton.

However, Croatia will be no pushovers.

The country has a rich habit of producing top quality young talent and that is no exception for their current crop of youngsters.

The Croatia boss Nenad Gracan has the novelty of calling up such talents as Tin Jedvaj of Bayer Leverkusen, Marko Livaja of Rubin Kazan and Dinamo Zagreb rising star Ante Coric - so they should not be taken lightly.

However, three names that really catch the eye for English fans are those of Mario Pasalic, Matej Delac and Stipe Perica. All three are currently Chelsea owned players out on loan across Europe.

Delac is currently with Arles in France, Perica banging in the goals with NAC Breda of Holland and Pasalic joined Elche this summer on a season long deal after finalising a protracted move from Hajduk Split.

Pasalic already has a senior Croatia nod, and was on their preliminary list for the World Cup this summer. Delac has also been in the Croatia full national squad - while Perica is the most in form of the trio, so all will have to be closely followed if England's under-21s are to get anything out of their tie next Friday.

In which, fellow Chelsea boys Lewis Baker and Patrick Bamford will be hoping to deny their potential future team-mates.

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