South Africa might lose yet another talent to a European nation.
This comes after 17-year-old midfielder Kgaogelo Chauke was recently called up to the England U18 squad for their recent camp held in preparation for next year’s U20 World Cup.
Countries all around the world are beginning their natural two-year cycles for the upcoming continental and global tournaments.
The U19 Euro tournament which was initially scheduled to take place next year in March in Northern Ireland was cancelled by UEFA due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The continental governing body has since resolved that the top 5 ranked countries (England, France, Italy, Portugal and Netherlands) will now be representing the continent at the FIFA World Cup scheduled for Indonesia in 2021 May.
Chauke was born in South Africa, but left for England at a young age with his parents. The midfielder was in the squad that faced Southampton U18 on Sunday, but was not able to make it off the bench as the two sides drew 1-1 in a friendly.
He has been going through the ranks at the renowned Southampton Academy and has made some serious strides in the past few years making it all the way to the club’s reserve team. He has also been training with the club’s first team over the past few months since signing his first professional contract at the beginning of 2020 which will keep him at the club for at least two years.
Coach David Notoane named the midfield dynamo in his Tokyo Olympics preliminary squad earlier this year, but he has not represented South Africa at any level so far owing to formal engagements between the association and the player’s representatives so as things stand England are at a much better position to tie him down.
The teenager can make his debut anytime this season for the senior team with his first team manager known to be a big admirer of the central midfielder.
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