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Chelsea crucial to England winning U19 European Championship - Ramsdale

Chelsea crucial to England winning U19 European Championship - Ramsdale
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

England's first European Under-19 Championship title owes much to a match-winning backbone of Chelsea talent, according to Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Chelsea trio Dujon Sterling, captain Jay Dasilva and Mason Mount all played the full 90 minutes of Saturday's 2-1 win over Portugal, while club-mates Reece James and Jacob Maddox were on the bench and Trevoh Chalobah only missed out through injury.

Reflecting on the influence of the Chelsea boys, Ramsdale said: "Half of the team win trophies every season with Chelsea. They know what it is like to win, they know how to calm everyone down, they just know how to do things.

"The other half who have not won trophies have played first-team football, and if you do not win the manager gets sacked so it's all about winning games. We have got so much confidence as a group."

Mount, who captained Chelsea to their latest FA Youth Cup in April, acknowledged the praise but shared it with those from Manchester City, who are also well represented in England's age-group sides and provided boss Keith Downing with striker Lukas Nmecha, the Young Lions' matchwinner in the semifinal and final.

"Having that winning mentality throughout the boys, yeah it helps," he said. "And Manchester City as well, they are up there with us always getting to the finals as well. Having that in the group helps a lot."

The final-whistle moment. #younglions pic.twitter.com/Ut0Vqdnh6U

England (@England) July 15, 2017

The challenge ahead for the country's new continental conquerors is the same one faced by Paul Simpson's U20 World Cup champions, those who lifted the Toulon Tournament and even some of the U21 side who were beaten semifinalists in their own Euros last month.

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