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Thursday 25 October Updated Thursday 19 February

Chambers impresses in England win

Leo Chambers helped England Under-18s to record a 2-0 friendly win over Italy in Mansfield on Wednesday.

The West Ham United defender played the full 90 minutes for Noel Blake's side on a wet and windy night at Field Mill, where a 5,500-strong crowd including Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking turned out to cheer on the Young Lions. England's goals were scored by Everton striker Chris Long and Manchester City's Devante Cole.

Chambers, who was named on the first-team substitutes bench for the first time for last Saturday's Barclays Premier League win over Southampton, will no doubt have impressed coach Blake with his calm and composed defending.

The Brixton-born defender, who only turned 17 in early August, will be hoping to be included in the England Under-19 squad next season. There is no UEFA tournament at Under-18 level, meaning England use friendly matches to keep tabs on players' development.

Meanwhile, Chambers' fellow Academy starlet Kieran Sadlier was in superb form as Republic of Ireland qualified for this season's UEFA European Under-19 Championship Elite Round.

Sadlier started all three games as Ireland beat mini-group hosts Luxembourg (5-2) and FYR Macedonia (1-0) - with Sadlier setting up the winner for Mikey Drennan - to set up a mouth-watering final Qualifying Round match with Germany.

With both sides already assured of their place in the Elite Round, Germany burst into a two-goal lead, only for the Irish to fight back to earn a superb 2-2 draw.

First-year professional Sadlier will hope to emulate the achievements of West Ham club-mate Eoin Wearen, who was part of the Ireland squad that reached the semi-finals of the same competition in 2011.

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