Congratulations are in order to Danny Loader! The youngster became the SECOND Reading academy player to win the World Cup with England this year after the u17s ran out 5-2 winners over Spain (the first was Luke Southwood with the u20s in June).
Loader didn’t play in the final, instead staying on the bench, but did feature twice in earlier stages of the tournament, scoring two goals. Both of those strikes came against Iraq in the group stages.
Nonetheless, this is a huge endorsement of the qualities of Reading’s academy, as we’re seeing talent coming through that competes with the best that the national side has to offer. Plus, it’s worth remembering that Loader is just one of various young Royals featuring heavily with England’s u17, u16 sides and below.
The likes of Jack Nolan, Oliver Pendlebury, Fabio Sole and plenty more aren’t necessarily well-known about at the moment, but are very highly rated talents for the future.
Don’t be surprised to see a few more young Royals winning things in the next few years. Watch this space...