Strong South Yorkshire presence in England squad

No fewer than six South Yorkshire-born players have been announced as a part of the England squad for the blockbuster friendly matches against Germany and Brazil later this month.

Sheffield trio Jamie Vardy, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire make the cut, as do Barnsley’s John Stones and Doncaster’s Danny Rose. Dronfield-born Gary Cahill also makes the side representing North Derbyshire.

Altogether the group bring 138 caps worth of experience to Gareth Southgate’s side, ranging from the weathered Chelsea defender Cahill’s 58 appearances right down to fresh-faced Maguire of Leicester with just the one.

England welcome the World Champions Germany to Wembley on Friday 10th November, and then host Brazil at the Home of Football again the following Tuesday. Both nations easily swept their way to qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in the recently finished qualifying campaign, and will provide stern tests to the credentials of the Three Lions heading into a crucial new year.

Charlie Payne

Trainee hack at The University of Sheffield.

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