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Izzy Brown & Ruben Loftus-Cheek impress for England U19s

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Jose Mourinho will be licking his lips at the prospect of Izzy Brown and Ruben Loftus-Cheek breaking into the senior team at Chelsea having watched the pair destroy Italy's U19s on Friday night.

England's U19 team impressively beat their Italian counter-parts 3-0 at the New York Stadium but had to rely on the two Chelsea starlets to provide all the ammunition.

Brown's first half brace gave Sean O’Driscoll’s Young Lions a commanding lead going into the break. Loftus-Cheek later added the icing on the cake in the second half in front of a capacity crowd.

The difference

Not only did the pair score all the goals for England but they also provided one assist for each other. It could have been even better after Loftus-Cheek rounded the goalkeeper at 3-0, only to see another Chelsea team-mate Alex Kiwomya scuff the squared pass.

"When they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure."

It is further evidence that Chelsea are preparing to unleash an incredible class of homegrown talent. Along with Dominic Solanke, Loftus-Cheek and Brown are expected to break into the first team in the near future.

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Mourinho admitted in the summer that the only thing that can stopping his top youngsters breaking into the senior England international set-up is himself.

Big futures

"My conscience tells me that if, for example, [Lewis] Baker, Brown, and Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself," Mourinho said in pre-season.

"They are part of a process the club started without me. In this moment, we have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure."

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