Sheffield United: Blades star ‘honoured’ by England call

Sheffield United's George Long.

Sheffield United's George Long.

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George Long, the Sheffield United goalkeeper, has spoken of his pride after being named in the England under-21 squad which entertains Scotland at Bramall Lane on Tuesday, writes James Shield.

And Long, who is scheduled to report for training at St George’s Park following this afternoon’s meeting with Brentford, told The Star his inclusion demonstrates that League One football is no barrier to footballing success.

“It goes to show that if you’re playing then you’ll get noticed,” Long said. “It’s a good that they’re prepared to look beyond the top divisions.

“I’m really happy and honoured about it all. Now I just want to focus on doing a good job for my club and then hopefully my country too.”

Long, the only member of the 25 strong party plying his trade below Championship level, will be whisked to the Football Association’s training complex near Burton immediately after today’s match at Griffin Park.

“The fact it’s at our ground makes it even more special,” he said. “Brilliant in fact.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1