Charlie Cresswell's intriguing Leeds United words to England teammates during training

By Kieran King

Charlie Cresswell will be hoping to make his England Under-21s debut as his side travel to Andorra tonight.

Lee Carsley's side took a step closer to qualification for the European Championships despite throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Slovenia on Thursday.

Conor Gallagher and Cole Palmer found the net for the Three Lions as they stretched their unbeaten run to three matches heading into a crucial game at the Estadi Nacional.

But it would've been frustrating for Cresswell and his Leeds United teammate Joe Gelhardt, who had to watch from the bench and remained an unused substitute in Celje.

Cresswell, in particular, could've counted himself unfortunate considering his start to the season at the Whites after he impressed on his Premier League debut last month.

Having stepped in alongside Liam Cooper for the trip to Fulham and the home game against West Ham United, the defender stood out and looked assured despite his lack of experience.

Now he hopes to take that form onto the international stage, but even if he doesn't feature for Carsley's men, it will be a valuable learning curve in his development.

During training at St George's Park, Cresswell was caught speaking to James Garner and Angel Gomes about what seemed to be something Leeds-related.

He said in a video on the England YouTube channel: "He got it put into the training ground."

It does seem like he was referring to the Whites and it wouldn't be surprising considering the improvement to Thorp Arch since Marcelo Bielsa was appointed in 2018.

The facilities have gone up a level within the past few years and it earned category one status from the Premier League last summer, which has seen the club compete in the highest division of Under-23s and Under-18s football in England.

There has been further instalments to the training ground, with a new running track, sleeping pods in an external building and a renovation of the changing rooms so that they now mirror Elland Road.

It has been astonishing to see the development, which has helped players like Cresswell and Gelhardt grow in Bielsa's time in charge so far.


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