Chelsea wonderkid receives first Under-19 call-up - report

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Jeremie Boga has been named in the France Under-19 side for the first time.

The 17-year-old midfielder has been at Stamford Bridge since the age of 12, progressing to Under-21 level at the age of just 16 last season.

A key part of the side which won both the Under-18 FA Youth Cup and Under-21 Premier League last term, the Frenchman unfortunately missed the closing stages of the season through injury. A promising creative talent, Boga was one of the standout performers of the Blues pre-season, regularly showing up his more experienced teammates with performances high in skill and output, although, upon the start of the league campaign, Boga was placed in the Under-21 to continue his development - whilst aided with frequent training experience with the first-team squad.

Having been capped at Under-16 and Under-17 level for the country of his birth, the attacking midfielder - who has five goals in eight games already this season - has finally been rewarded for his fine form with his first call-up to Under-19 level - despite being two years under the age limit.

As reported on the official French Football Federation website, Boga has been included in the squad for ties with Greece, Spain and Germany in mid-November.

Boga is one of many Blues youngsters to be playing at an international level above their age group, with 17-year-old Dom Solanke a regular for England Under-18’s, and 19-year-old’s Lewis Baker and Nathaniel Chalobah both in the Three Lions’ Under-21 squad. That such young players are receiving praise from not only their club manager Jose Mourinho - but also on the international scene - confirms the high esteem in which they are thought of - with all three looking to break into the Blues first-team in the coming years.

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