Date: 2nd May 2016 at 3:14pm
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Richard Garlick has confirmed that Jonathan Leko will continue his development with the West Brom first team, instead of heading our with England’s Under 17’s this month.

Leko was expected to head off for England’s visit to Azerbaijan for the Under 17 European Championships this month, but given his involvement with the first team – and making his full Premier League debut last weekend against West Ham – Albion have withdrew him from the squad, with England’s blessing.

Director of Football Administration Richard Garlick, confirmed that chat with former boss Dan Ashworth – now Technical Director for the FA – and told that with Leko being the first player born in 1999 to make a Premier League start, everybody agrees he’ll get more for his development by being in and around the match day squads.

‘We feel the experience Jonathan will gain from his involvement will be of even greater benefit to his development – and that is the key element for us. Naturally, Dan would have wanted Jonathan to be involved in Azerbaijan but the opportunity to give young English players experience at this level of Club football is something the FA also strongly supports.’

Leko has been an ever present for England during their qualifying campaign, so a shame to see him miss out, but with games against Bournemouth and Liverpool before the end of the season, those experiences alone should more than make up for it.

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