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Louis the young Lion

18 March 2015

There are two reasons for Louis Reed to be cheerful today.

Firstly, it can now be confirmed that 17-year-old has been named in the England U18s squad for a friendly with Switzerland later this month.

Reed is part of a 20-man squad named by Neil Dewsnip for the fixture against the Swiss, which will coincidentally be played at Walsall's Banks's Stadium, where Louis featured on Tuesday night, on Saturday 28th March, kick-off 5.30pm.

It is another milestone stone in a remarkable first season as a professional for the Academy graduate who has made 30 appearances in the first-team this term, including playing in both legs of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Owing to this call-up, Reed will be unavailable for the Blades league game with Crewe Alexandra on the same day.

Blades chief Nigel Clough commented: "It is great news that Louis has been recognised by England and his call-up is fully deserved - everyone at Bramall Lane, and the Academy at Shirecllife, is delighted for him.

"He's played in the last couple of league games and has been impressive and hopefully this call-up will also benefit his development. To get called up to play international football from League One is a tremendous achievement."

Meanwhile, Reed has also been shortlisted by the Football League for the Sky Bet League One LFE Apprentice of the Year award.

He is on a three man shortlist where his rivals are George Cooper of Crewe Alexandra and Giorgio Rasulo of the MK Dons.

This award aims to recognise outstanding young professionals at Football League clubs who excel both on and off the pitch. In selecting the shortlists, the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice has been taken into account, alongside his education attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements.

The awards night will take place on Sunday 19th April at The Brewery in London.

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