It's been over a decade since Leeds United had a player represent England, but there was international interest for fans of the club last night.
As England defeated Lithuania 3-0, three men featured who had spent time on loan at Elland Road early in their careers, without success.
Barkley was the scorer of England's opening goal, netting in his second consecutive game for the Three Lions. The 21-year-old is becoming a key part of the Everton side, his form improved from last season, showing signs he is ready to fulfil his potential. Hailed as one of the country's most talented teens, Barkley failed to show this during his spell with Leeds, making only four appearances. Manager Neil Warnock was reluctant to pick him, preferring to play more experienced journeyman instead.
Leeds were one of the many sides Andros Townsend spent time with on loan, along with Yeovil, QPR, and seven other clubs. The winger had a good start at Leeds, but called his time at the club short after a few weeks when he was supposed to stay until the end of the season. Neil Warnock told The Mail at the time: "I’m disappointed because we’ve lost a player, but I don’t want people who don’t want to be here so good riddance I say if that’s what he wants to do." He agreed a move to Birmingham City soon afterwards.
Butland joined Leeds late in the 2013/14 season, featuring 16 times for the Yorkshire side under Brian McDermott. He was clearly a talented goalkeeper, but was part of a struggling side and failed to stop the flow of goals. He remains with Stoke City, who he was on loan from at the time, and has become their number one, earning his international call-up.