Leeds United players watched by England managers in win over Derby

Gareth Southgate, Manager of England talks to his assistant Aidy Boothroyd during pitch inspection prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at...

Gareth Southgate and Aidy Boothroyd were at Elland Road for the Whites' win over Derby. Which of the home side's players could they have been watching?

Leeds United's Jack Clarke vies for possession with Derby County's Fikayo Tomori during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11,...

Leeds United extended their lead at the top of the Championship on Friday night as they ran out 2-0 winners over Derby County.

The Whites did not let media attention relating to off-the-pitch issues bother them as Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison scored on 20 and 47 minutes respectively to down the Rams.

As well as the media attention, Leeds had to contend with Kalvin Phillips' suspension, a spate of injuries, and a rejected penalty shout in the first minute of the game.

 

Despite all this, Marcelo Bielsa's side was superior in virtually every aspect, with over 62% possession and a total of 15 shots, according to stats by Sky Sports.

Indeed, it was just the kind of display that a team being watched by international managers would want to put in, and as it turned out, two of them were at Elland Road.

England boss Gareth Southgate was spotted in attendance at the game alongside his Under-21 counterpart Aidy Boothroyd, as evidenced by this GIF on Sky Sports' Twitter account:

Jack Clarke was named as Sky's Man of the Match on his first league start and both managers will have undoubtedly been impressed by the 18-year-old's performance, which included an assist, six crosses, three chances created and 74% passing accuracy.

Luke Ayling, Adam Forshaw, Kemar Roofe, Leif Davis and Jamie Shackleton all featured against Frank Lampard's side and could also have been monitored by the England duo.

Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison has already played for the Young Lions, while Liam Cooper has turned out for Scotland's youth teams but was born in England and is yet to be capped at senior level for the Tartan Army.

Could we be seeing some of Leeds' English contingent earmarked for international selection in the coming months, and potentially even win some caps at U21 and senior level?

Gareth Southgate, Manager of England talks to his assistant Aidy Boothroyd during pitch inspection prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at...

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