Premier League clubs have used Championship sides to blood their homegrown talent in increasing amounts over the past few years.
However, despite the number of young players being hoovered up by the top academies, league clubs are still bringing through and developing talented English youngsters to help build the next generation of Three Lions stars.
We take a look at four young players who are building their careers in the second tier and who have a bright future in England colours.
18-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook has been a revelation since breaking into the Leeds first team this year. The York-born teenager made his debut for the Whites in August and has since made 33 league appearances for the Elland Road outfit - 29 as a starter.
Capped at England Under-18 level, Cook has been watched by scouts from Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs, according to the Daily Star, forcing Leeds to offer him a bumper £4,000 a week contract in January and to slap a £10 million price tag on the wonderkid.
Teenage Birmingham winger Demarai Gray was the subject of five bids for his services from Bournemouth over the winter transfer window as Eddie Howe was desperate to secure his services. Gray rose to prominence after scoring a sensational hat-trick against Reading in Birmingham City's 6-1 demolition of the Royals and has made 30 league appearances this season.
The 18-year-old is contracted to Birmingham City until 2016 and has been offered a new deal in January for an extra two years which he is yet to sign; with Birmingham continuing to suffer money woes they will hope that they can brace themselves for the inevitable bids that will be coming their way for Gray in the summer.
England Under-19 forward Patrick Roberts is fast emerging as the latest young talent to emerge from Craven Cottage. Roberts signed a four-year deal with Fulham shortly after his 17th Birthday and has been rated by the Teamtalk website as the "#16 Wonderkid in the world in November 2014".
The 18-year-old has made 18 appearances for Fulham so far this season, with 16 of them coming from the subs' bench; however his England youth career has seen him thrust into the limelight with UEFA picking him out as one of the players to watch in the 2014 UEFA European U-17 Championships last year.
Bolton striker Zach Clough found himself in the media spotlight after scoring the winner on debut in Bolton's FA Cup third round tie against Wigan. Since then, the 19-year-old has made eight league appearances, scoring five including twice on his league debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
With the Manchester-born striker's sixth goal in all competitions against Brighton at the end of February, he became the club's leading goalscorer for the season having only made his debut the month before. He joined the club as an eight-year-old and is contracted to the club until 2017.