Chelsea prospect appointed England youth captain

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Lewis Baker has been named England Under-20 captain after an incredible season at club level.

The 19-year old midfielder is yet to make his debut at Under-20 level, but manager Aidy Boothroyd has already chosen him to lead the Young Lions out against Romania.

His 2013/14 season was one of the highlights at Stamford Bridge, with the youngster co-captaining the Under-21’s on their way to the Premier League crown, scoring 23 goals in the process - including the winning goal in the title deciding play-off final against Manchester United.

And to reward his incredible form, Blues boss Jose Mourinho gave Baker his first-team debut in the dying minutes of the FA Cup third round victory over Derby County.

His quick rise in English football has seen him promoted to the England Under-20 team, with whom he will be hoping to replicate his form at Under-19 level; the midfielder scored eight goals in 13 games.

To motivate a continuation of his impressive form, Boothroyd’s appointment seems a wise appointment, and Baker has already expressed his desire to perform for the ‘great achievement’.

Speaking to the official Football Association website, Baker said: “The manager told me a little bit earlier today. It’s a great achievement and it’s something I’m very proud to do.

“When I lead my country out it will be an amazing feeling. Although I’ve worn the armband before, it was after the starting captain was substituted so it will be the first time I have ever done that with an England team.

“It will be an amazing feeling and something I am very excited about.”

Baker is also excited to be playing under Boothroyd, having experienced his coaching at Under-19 level.

“I worked with Aidy last season with the U19s and he’s a great coach, great person, and his training sessions have been really enjoyable.

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"He wants us to play good football and he has faith in us that we can play – and we’re determined to go out there and get the win for him.”

With a loan move away from Stamford Bridge rumoured this season, Baker will be looking to impress on both club level and the international stage - and it may not be long until Jose Mourinho has seen enough to incorporate the youngster into the Blues first-team squad.

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