Nigel Adkins has spoken of his pride at watching four members of Sheffield United’s squad, including two Redtooth Academy graduates, represent their respective countries, writes James Shield.
Che Adams completed an impressive quartet for the League One club when he made his England under-20 debut against the Czech Republic in Shrewsbury last night.
And Adkins, who recently rewarded the former Ilkeston midfielder with a new contract, told The Star: “It’s always a proud moment for the players when they are called-up and, make no mistake, it’s a proud moment for us too.
“We will never stand in anybody’s way when they are selected. It’s the greatest honour you can get as a footballer and, from our perspective, it means they bring their experiences to the table here.”
“What we’ll give Che is the right environment to harness his talents,” Adkins said. “And he’s got to continue learning and showing the attitude he has so far.”
Louis Reed played 84 minutes of England under-19’s 1-1 draw with Croatia in Zagreb yesterday. The United midfielder was introduced as a second-half substitute during last week’s victory over Germany. Callum McFadzean, who also progressed through the ranks at Bramall Lane, started for Scotland under-21’s as they beat Northern Ireland in Lurgan on Saturday while David Edgar, on loan from Birmingham City, is expected to win his latest Canada cap against Belize tonight.
“It’s testament to the fine work the academy does here,” Adkins said. “They deserve recognition for that too.”