Leo the Young Lion

Leo Chambers has been called up by England for the first stage of qualifying for the 2012 UEFA European U17 Championship this month.

The Academy central defender is already a regular on the international scene, having captained his country at U16 level before stepping up in age group this year. Chambers will hope to figure when the Young Lions take on mini-tournament hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina, Latvia and the Netherlands in Sarajevo.

The competition will take place between 26 and 31 October, with the top two teams progressing to the Elite round in the spring. Chambers wore the No6 shirt back in August as he led England in all three games against Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic as they won an FA International Tournament on home soil.

The highly-regarded centre-back is not the only youth international in Tony Carr's set-up, with Kieran Sadlier (Republic of Ireland, Danny Potts (United States) and Matthias Fanimo and Blair Turgott (both England) also having played on the national stage.

At development squad level, George Moncur (England), Robert Hall (England), Eoin Wearen (Ireland) and Sebastian Lletget (US) have also been capped.