Birmingham wonderkid in England squad alongside Leeds starlet

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Teenage sensation Demarai Gray has been included in the England U19 squad for their upcoming qualifiers.

Birmingham City youngster Demarai Gray has been called up to the England U19 squad to face France, Denmark and Azerbaijan in the Elite Round qualifiers at the end of March.

The teenage winger has been selected on the back of some fine performances on the left wing for the Blues which have made him one of the first names on the teamsheet - despite being the youngest professional player in the first-team squad.

Gray showed glimpses of his talent and trickery against Huddersfield at the weekend, teasing defenders on either side and almost setting up Andrew Shinnie, who saw his header saved from a fine cross from the young winger.

Although he has predominantly been picked on the left-hand side of a three-man attacking unit, the midfielder can play on the right or behind the striker in a free role. Comfortable on either foot, Gray has good pace and dribbling skills that have mesmerised defenders and given him a burgeoning reputation as one of the players to watch in the second tier and has led Blues to offer the wonderkid an improved contract in January.

The 18-year-old winger is one of just five Championship players included in the 18-man squad along with Joe Gomez of Charlton Athletic, Teddy Bishop of Ipswich Town, Lewis Cook of Leeds United and Patrick Roberts of Fulham.

Gray has made 34 appearances for Birmingham City this season, scoring four goals and was the subject of a £5million deadline day bid from Bournemouth for his services in January – as reported by Sky Sports. He has been capped once before by England at U19 level.

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