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Adkins proud of internationals

9 September 2015

Nigel Adkins has spoken of his pride at watching four members of Sheffield United's squad, including two Academy graduates; represent their respective countries during recent international programme.

Che Adams completed an impressive quartet for the League One club when he made his full England U20 debut against the Czech Republic in Shrewsbury on Monday evening, having played a cameo role against the same opposition 48 hours earlier.

And Adkins, who recently rewarded the former Ilkeston FC prospect with a new long-term contract, remarked: "It's always a proud moment for the players when they are called-up and, make no mistake, it's a proud moment for the Club too.

"We will never stand in anybody's way when they are selected. It's the greatest honour you can get as a footballer and, from our perspective; it means they bring their experiences to the table here."

"What we'll give Che is the right environment to harness his talents," Adkins said. "And he's got to continue learning and showing the attitude he has so far."

Louis Reed played 84 minutes of England under-19s 1-1 draw with Croatia in Zagreb on Sunday. The United midfielder was also introduced as a second-half substitute during last week's victory over Germany.

Callum McFadzean, who also progressed through the ranks at Bramall Lane, started for Scotland U21s as they beat Northern Ireland in Lurgan on Saturday while David Edgar, on loan from Birmingham City, played 90 minutes in both Canada's World Cup qualifying matches against Belize, a tie the Canadians won 4-1 on aggregate.

"It's testament to the fine work the academy does here," Adkins said. "They deserve recognition for that too."

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