Chelsea management won’t be changing plans for their academy players despite England’s U17 World Cup success.
Four Chelsea youngsters — Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo and George McEachran — started the final against Spain while Conor Gallagher came on as a substitute.
Blues coaches are delighted with their impact, but things are not expected to change significantly for the players on their return to the club.
It means the Blues expect them to carry on the same path they were on before the tournament, playing for the youth teams with a loan in the future most likely, says the London Evening Standard.
Blues boss Antonio Conte has already stated he will back young players when warranted.
Conte said: “I think that I am the best person to give this type of possibility if I see that a young player deserves it.
“(Ethan) Ampadu for example, is another player — not England, but on 17 and he deserves to stay with us, and then develop and to be the future for Chelsea.”
Chelsea U19 defender Josh Grant is delighted for his teammates.
“It’s a great boost for everybody,” he said. “The boys were class and to get them back in the squad for tomorrow is going to be huge for us. With them coming back, it will really help us out and hopefully after the international break we can really push on.”