Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke trained with the England senior squad on Tuesday after receiving his award for winning England Men’s Youth Player of the Year.
Solanke, 17, scored four goals in five matches as England triumphed in the European Under-17 Championship in Malta and being named Uefa’s Star of 2014, prompting observers to choose him.
Solanke made his senior debut for Chelsea as a second-half substitute in a 6-0 Champions League group stage win over Maribor and scored 15 goals in 16 games at youth level in the first half of this season.
Also Jose Mourinho has already invited the 17-year-old to train with the senior Bluessquad this season and insists he and fellow youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker and Izzy Brown have been ear-marked as future first-team stars.
“My conscience tells me that if, for example, Baker, Brown, and Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself,” Mourinho told reporters last summer.
“They are part of a process the club started without me. In this moment, we have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.”