Blackpool’s Finlay Sinclair-Smith is one of 11 young footballers to have been recognised by League Football Education (LFE) for his achievements on and off the pitch.
‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity based initiatives.
This accolade celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards, presented at The EFL Awards dinner in April. England Under-20 World Cup winners Ademola Lookman (formerly Charlton Athletic), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (formerly Sheffield United) and Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) have all previously been named in ‘The 11’. Everton forward Lookman and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Cook also went on to become Apprentice of the Year winners. Others to previously feature in this select group include Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) and James Justin (Luton Town).
The 11 – December 2017:
- Finlay Sinclair-Smith (Blackpool)
- Callum Styles (Bury)
- George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town)
- Joe Lynch (Crewe Alexandra)
- Danny Amos (Doncaster Rovers)
- Jack Tucker (Gillingham)
- Jesse Debrah (Millwall)
- Tommy Hope (Milton Keynes Dons)
- Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United)
- Sam Cartwright (Peterborough United)
- Reece McGinley (Rotherham United)
LFE chief executive Alan Sykes added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officer’s throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”
For in depth profiles on all of the players named in ‘The 11’ for December, please visit the LFE website.