These 3 Sheffield United players backed for England recognition by Wilder
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These 3 Sheffield United players backed for England recognition by Wilder

Chris Wilder is backing three of his Sheffield United players to get England recognition soon.

Last season, Dean Henderson became the first Blade to be selected in the Three Lions squad since Brian Deane back in 1992.

Henderson has since returned to parent club Manchester United. But Wilder doesn’t think it will be too long before more of his team are chosen by Gareth Southgate.

New signing Aaron Ramsdale has been away with the Under-21s this week. And Southgate has previously spoken about being impressed with the goalkeeper.

“He (Southgate) talked about Nick Pope, Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford and then he talked about Aaron Ramsdale and he said how important it was for Aaron to be included in that group,” Wilder told Yorkshire Live.

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“It was important for him to get games in the under-21s and that is not just our opinion, it’s the manager of England’s opinion as well.

“He’s highly thought of.”

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The 52-year-old doesn’t think that Ramsdale will be the only player representing England in the near future.

There has been a lot of talk that Jack O’Connell should get a call-up. The defender has played for his country at Under-18 and Under-19 level in the past.

Times columnist, Tony Cascarino, said that O’Connell should have played for his country on Tuesday. Cascarino thinks the centre-back should have started ahead of Eric Dier during the Nations League match with Denmark.

Yet the 26-year-old isn’t the only other player Wilder is tipping for success on the international stage.

“Whether it is Jack, John Lundstram or George (Baldock) playing for Greece – that might be on the horizon – we all should be aiming to play as well as they possibly can to attract the attention of the national managers,” the Blades boss told The Yorkshire Post.

“We are a great supporter of Jack, he has had an outstanding period. It is up to Gareth to see that and he has been flexible in the teams he has played and formations.

“All he can do is play consistently well for Sheffield United, which he has done for a number of years and I am sure if the opportunity comes up, Gareth would be brave enough if he feels he enhances the group.”

The South Yorkshire club have had increased international representation in recent years. John Egan, David McGoldrick and Enda Stevens are all regulars for the Republic of Ireland. John Fleck and Oli McBurnie play for Scotland, while Sander Berge is a Norway international.

Baldock qualifies for Greece through his grandfather. Plus, there could well be some England call-ups as well.

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