By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Che Adams has today been called up by Keith Downing’s England Under 20 squad for the forthcoming fixture against the Czech Republic.
Saturday 1st November 2014: Che’s last game for Ilkeston away to St Neots Town. A 2-1 defeat for Ilkeston, but inevitably Che would score. The local match report talked of his ‘rising star’ status but one suspects even the author will today be surprised to re-read the efforts of his afternoon covering a FA Trophy, first qualifying round, tie. For it was to not only be Che’s last game for Ilkeston but the start of a quite incredible journey over the next ten months which today saw Che called up in the company of the finest young players the English game has to offer.
Less than 48 hours after signing for Sheffield United, Che was sitting on the bench as a substitute in League One. By December, he had played 45 minutes against Southampton in a League Cup quarter-final and in January 2015 he truly announced his arrival as a professional footballer with two goals against Tottenham Hotspur in the subsequent semi-final.
A promising pre-season under new manager Nigel Adkins followed by some goals and key involvement in the Blades early League One fixtures led to a new long-term contract being agreed earlier this week. But perhaps the best news of all arrived today as the England Under 20 call was made.
Perhaps surprisingly this is not the first time Che has received an England call-up. On 10th November 2014 he was called by England C, the international recognition available to amateur players under the age of 23, but as he was signed by Sheffield United days later he was not able to take up the invitation. Che has also turned down a full international call-up from Antigua & Barbuda. On this occasion, he has the call-up he really wanted.
All at Full Contact are proud to wish Che all the best for this forthcoming experience, one his hard work and belief has truly deserved. Released from a professional club as a 14 year old, it was years of non-league football at St Andrews, Oadby Town and then Ilkeston which have primed him to now mix in the company of players brought up solely in the elite academies such as Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
If ever a young boy released from a professional club needs an example to motivate him to keep on going, the remarkable rise of Che Adams is one for them to draw inspiration from.
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