Clough full of praise for Reed after England call

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has paid tribute to teenage sensation Louis Reed, after the 17-year-old was called up to the England Under-18 squad.

Reed, who became the youngest player to play a league game in the club’s history when he made his debut against Rotherham United last season, has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign as a Blades professional and made his 30th appearance of the season in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Walsall.

Reed has also been shortlisted by the Football League for the Sky Bet League One LFE Apprentice of the Year award, and is up against George Cooper of Crewe Alexandra and MK Dons’ Giorgio Rasulo.

“It is great news that Louis has been recognised by England and his call-up is fully deserved,” Clough, a former England international, said.

“Everyone at Bramall Lane, and the Academy at Shirecliffe, is delighted for him.

“He’s played in the last couple of league games and has been impressive and hopefully this call-up will also benefit his development.

“To get called up to play international football from League One is a tremendous achievement.”

Reed has been selected by England U18 boss Neil Dewsnip, as part of a 20-man squad which will face Switzerland in a friendly later this month.

Incidentally, the fixture takes place on March 28 at the Banks’s Stadium, where Reed played against Walsall on Tuesday.

Due to his England involvement, the Penistone-born youngster will be unavailable for United’s League One clash with Crewe Alexandra on the same day.