Future bright for Sheffield United, says Jack Lester, after academy strike duo called up by England

Jack Lester, Sheffield United's academy boss, says the Blades can look forward to an exciting future after two of their young stars were called up to represent England later this month.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:34 am

Striker Daniel Jebbison has been named in the England U18 squad to face Wales on March 29 - and he could face Blades teammate Ryan Viggars, who is in the Wales squad.

And Antwoine Hackford, who became United's youngest-ever Premier League player in January away at Crystal Palace, has been called up by England U17s for a four-day training camp at the end of this month.

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Hassan Ayari has also returned to Shirecliffe after helping Tunisia's U20s squad reach the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations.

"This international recognition is testament to the fantastic work going on right through the Academy, from a passionate and talented group of staff.

"It is an exciting time for the club as there is some brilliant talent progressing through various age groups."

Daniel Jebbison, centre, celebrates a goal with Antwoine Hackford, left: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Daniel Jebbison, centre, celebrates a goal with Antwoine Hackford, left: Simon Bellis/Sportimage