Potts gets England U-18 call-up

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The fight for Dan Potts is on.

A U.S.-eligible, 17-year-old left back playing for West Ham, Potts has been called in by England's Under-18 national team for a friendly against Poland next month.

Potts, who has dual eligibility for both England and the United States, has never previously represented England on the youth level, and he took part in a U.S. U-20 camp last year. Although he was born in England, his father, former West Ham standout defender Steve Potts, was born in Connecticut. Just appearing for the England U-18s in this friendly would not prohibit him from eventually playing for the United States, but this call-up is the first indication that England has shown in wanting him to represent his birth country.

Potts' rise to West Ham's first team this year has been well documented. He has made four starts for the first team after being pressed into action, and he is also the captain of the club's U-18 side, making him a promising defensive prospect on both the club and international levels.

What do you make of this development?

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81 Responses to Potts gets England U-18 call-up

  1. Dannyc58 says:

    Was fun while it lasted!

  2. NC Jeff says:

    In the movie, “We Are Marshall …” there’s a scene where the Marshall football coaches are talking to a recruit they’d really like to land. As they’re leaving, a really big school’s reps come in to talk to the same recruit and the Marshall coaches see the recruit’s eyes light up as the other coaches enter.

    As a USMNT fan, should I feel like one of those Marshall coaches right now?

  3. chris says:

    Well hes english so it makes sense

  4. Brad says:

    we need to get him an american girlfriend…

  5. Tim M. says:

    If we give him the chance to represent us at the olympics, i’m sure he’d take it.

  6. Colin says:

    Big deal, let the kid play for England. His connection to the US is very tenuous. Can’t feel too bad about this, not at all a Rossi type situation.

  7. Amru says:

    This doesn’t suprise me. I believe we would have a better chance luring Adam Henley away from the welch

  8. Brad says:

    Just noticed he’s a left back. What can we do to get him to chose the USA? What do 18 yr olds like? Access to an experimental PlayStation 4? A week at the beach with female USMNT fans?

  9. downintexas says:

    Send in Snookie

  10. Raymon says:

    Introduce his girlfriend to John Terry.

  11. M says:

    Did he accept? .. acutally who cares? Relying on other countries is already gettting old

  12. Mike says:

    I don’t because I think we are already better than England and will offer a better chance to advance in WC play. The English NT is sucktitude at it’s best

  13. Matt C in Tampa says:

    Wow. trolling or just ignorant..or just a hater.

    By the way I think more than just lesbians and little girls might cheer for Alex Morgan. Quality player..quality talent.

    link to sports.yahoo.com

  14. Air Jordanz says:

    It’s disappointing to lose any prospects, but let’s be honest. He was born in England and probably feels English.

    We expect players born in the U.S. to feel American and want to represent the U.S. no matter where they are from. Why wouldn’t we expect the same of someone like Potts?

  15. Air Jordanz says:

    I dunno… I imagine it would be pretty hard to have fond memories of Knoxville, TN.

  16. YO says:

    No way, we need him healthy!

  17. Noah says:

    If you think we are better than England, you are deluded. We have an easier path to the WC and they may be underachievers, but they definitely have a superior national team. Yeah, I saw the tie at the 2010 WC. They dominated possession and we got a lucky goal. Doesn’t mean we’re as good as them.

  18. Sam says:

    umm…pretty easy, actually

  19. downintexas says:

    Touche, although if he does go to England…

  20. Andy says:

    A better first line would read: “The fight for Dan Potts is over”.

  21. Rory says:

    You know what I say? I say I STILL hate Guissipe Rossi.

    Sounds like this kid here took an opportunity to play for our youth team to help springboard his career and will soon be offered a chance to do the same with the English youth teams. I can’t really blame him…

    But as long as he doesn’t parade around pretending to be an American while playing for another country I can’t be mad. As for

    “Captain America” and self-declared “all American kid” Rossi… hope you eventually move to and stay in Italy the rest of your life. Jersey has too many fist-pumping Italian wannabees already.

  22. Micah King says:

    Forget her send in Jwow or Demi Lovato.:

  23. Rory says:

    Then don’t bitch when Johnny Bornstein’s 2018 equivelent lines up for us in World Cup 2018 as everyone else says “why don’t we have a good left back yet?”

  24. Brad says:

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Lots of things can change. I’m sure Potts rather start for the USA, which is very possible given our LB problems, then sit the bench for the English or not get called up at all. Right now Potts is doing what is good for his club team future, where he makes his money, later on playing for the USA might be his best option…

  25. NE Matt says:

    Wait, the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

  26. C'mon now says:


  27. jon says:

    i think alex morgan should step up

  28. fifawitz1313 says:

    WOW! Somebody slept through history class. Comment rights are officially revoked.

  29. Tyler says:

    Guys the one thing we have going for us in this situation is, we did call him up first. If his progression through the ranks with the Three Lions stalls he will surely not hesitate to come back to the US. Hell he’s damn near U-23 international caliber for us so he is much closer to seeing the senior team. Once 2014 rolls around that will be another card in our hand. Consider having Chandler back on the right and Potts on the left. Would be a beautiful thing indeed. In any case, we’ll just have to let the chips fall as they may.

  30. chris says:

    Not when you spent your whole life in england

  31. Jason B says:

    It was a John Belushi reference. And you didn’t get it.

  32. The Imperative Voice says:

    I think you’re confusing the EPL with England itself. The EPL for the most part is head and shoulders above. Maybe LA, Houston, those sorts of teams could fight against relegation.

    But US vs. England is another question. Most good EPL teams are bolstered by their cosmopolitan nature. England itself is a more modest outfit these days that didn’t qualify in 94 and has made two rounds of 16 and two quarterfinals the last four tournaments. Not that much different than us on a good day.

    I’d water that down a little by saying this goes in cycles and one of those old, sloppy US teams that we get every 8-12 years is likely inferior. Along those lines, I’m a little bit worried about those who want to plan around Boca and Dolo, which sounds like Reyna and Lewis and the like from 2006 to me. But when we are on an upswing where the talent is generally young and most of the positions are well-manned, I don’t think we’re that different. Hence 1-1.

    Also, I think there are some positions like GK and wing where I think we are producing superior talent right now. Friedel, Howard, Guzan, et al. They clearly recognize it because that’s 10-15% of the netminders each weekend. And I think we have a young generation of quality keepers that’s about 5 years away from another burst. And then the Brits love Landon and Dempsey and are interested in Shea.

    And then you have to factor in the whole German infusion and basically what we will look like when we start fielding the true 18/11 and trying to win games.

  33. Max says:

    I suggest renting “Animal House” ASAP.

  34. downintexas says:

    with or without paint???

  35. Easy fells – going a little overboard on “losing this kid” … We haven’t lost anything.

    So Potts got called into the U-18 England team – it’s not that big a deal. If the kid has a decent brain he’ll realize that, given the competition in England, there’s only a small chance he’ll ever start for their men’s team. And even if he does, there’s an even smaller chance he’ll be starting for them during a World Cup.

    As for the US – if we honestly think this kid is the real deal then our reps need to sit down with him and gauge his interest on playing for the US. If he’s legitimately into it – then we need to cap him sometime in the immediate future.

  36. blaise213 says:

    I would call the kid up to the senior side vs italy. Who would you want to play for? The US National team or u18 england team

    We still dont have a LB, and having timmy chandler playing LB is getting old

  37. Ricky B. Free says:

    You are really one of the dumbest posters.

  38. Shiver Me says:

    Forget it, he’s rolling.

  39. chris says:

    hahahah it was a joke but i guess it hurt your feelings not that i really care

  40. Eric says:

    Yeah because that sends a great message to youth national team players. You’ll get called up to the senior team even if you’re not ready or good enough to deserve a full roster spot if you’re since you have other international options.

    The kid isn’t currently good enough to make an impact on the senior team. No reason to call him up just to cap him.

  41. Mike says:

    Not delusional. if memory serves correct England finished behind the USA in the last world cup.

    We and england are like two ships passing in the night. the US is improving each and every year and England continues to be delusional about their quality.

    Their style of play is easly one of the worst on the planet.

  42. ThaDeuce says:


  43. ThaDeuce says:

    great idea!

  44. Mental assassin says:

    Anyone comparing England to American soccer is high. It’s not even close

  45. ThaDeuce says:

    This exchange is effing hilarious!

    I hope somehow this finds its way to Pott’s, give the lad a laugh!

  46. ThaDeuce says:


  47. Jamie Z. says:

    Don’t forget, though, that we have Fabian Johnson, who can do a job at left back as he’s shown at Hoffenheim, and Eric Lichaj, who is coming through the ranks at Villa, and just logged 90 minutes at left back for their reserves. It’d be nice to have world class options at left back, sure, but we’re in a decidedly better position now than we were even a year ago.

  48. downintexas says:

    PLEASE EVERYONE FOLLOW MAX’s ADVICE AND RENT “Animal House” or I’ll put you on double secret probation!!!

  49. THomas says:


  50. Ted in MN says:

    Overall, most people would take England any day for the next few years. However, I agree with you that the United States definitely has the advantage in certain positions.
    If you include players who could come back from international retirements, none of the English goalkeepers could even crack the bench for the United States in South Africa. You could make an argument for Hart now but personally, I think he is being inflated by the most dominant outfield in the EPL.
    In 2010:

  51. malkin says:

    Timmy has been more than adequate at left back. And we also have Fabian Johnson and/or Danny Williams that can (and do) play the role.

  52. wilyboy says:

    Of course it’s over. Young players see themselves as the star of their own personal rags to riches story, and what player would rather take starting for the US rather than playing for England as their crowning moment?

    If your answer is America, (as mine is) then your someone who comments on a US soccer blog.

    Our only hope is England never gives him a serious look at a cap. Here’s hoping.

  53. malkin says:


    I’m not quite sure I fully understand this equation.

  54. Paul says:

    Obviously Rongen’s fault. Fire him!

    Wait, what?

  55. Ted in MN says:

    yeah thought that might be a problem

    Friedel and Howard-Tier 1
    Hahnemann and Keller- Tier 2
    Guzan and Hart- Tier 3
    Green- Tier 4
    James- Tier oh boy this is just painful

  56. RLW2020 says:


    If he wants to play for the USA then he should have a chance sometime before he is cap-tied to England but no one should be surprised by this one.

    To put the shoe on the other foot, I didn’t hear a lot of Haitians upset when Jozy debuted for the USA.

  57. Todd says:

    @Mike we are clearly not better than England…but I agree we have a few players who could make a difference on mid level teams and maybe Dempsey at his best on a top four team(That unfortunately doesn’t look like it is going to happen). As for world class goal keepers that goes with so many hand driven sports in the US(It is an old point but still very valid…God bless Friedel!!!.”

    @Imperative voice: can we really compare English WC qualification to US CONCACUPCAKE WC qualification. I would agree that we have made more progress than England over the last 20 years but that is because we have had such a large gap to overcome. I would say your analogy between 2006 older stars and now is spot on but until we get soild replacements I think Dolo and Boca are going to stay. Having said this I this Chandler might take over right back if Lichaj can take left. Maybe Ream or Cameron for Boca…or both for Boca and Gooch…but hat is a big if. Lastly, and I hope I am wrong when Klinsi leaves the German infusion will probably dry up. Maybe his revamping of the youth system(long over due)can start producing our own technical players that can provide the growth for the US to be a top tier team. Infusion, at that time, would happen because we are so good. Only then maybe we won’t need the help. (Yes I know I am dreaming…but if we do not have hope then why would any of us be passionate enought to make a post. Hey I am still routing for Charlie Davies to make an impact in France and the USMT)

  58. Brad says:

    These youngin’s probably don’t know who John Belushi is anyway…

  59. Grant says:

    Just wondering, do you feel the same way about Jermaine Jones, Tim Chandler, Danny Williams, and Fabian Johnson the way you feel about Giuseppe Rossi? Trying to understand the thought process of a lot of supporters that take your stance about Rossi.

  60. Naboo says:

    You have got to be kidding. Hart is miles above Hahnemann and Guzan.

  61. Ted in MN says:

    In 2010,when Hart was behind Given at Manchester City and was getting loaned out as a first year player to Birmingham City while Guzan was saving Villa’s butt in penalties and Hahnemann was starting for Wolves? No, I’m not kidding at all.

  62. Ted in MN says:

    Keep in mind Hart’s reputation at the time was based off one year. In retrospect, Capello probably should have been starting him yet he chose Green and James before. You’re applying a modern pov to a historical case.

  63. GW says:

    “If the kid has a decent brain he’ll realize that, given the competition in England, there’s only a small chance he’ll ever start for their men’s team. And even if he does, there’s an even smaller chance he’ll be starting for them during a World Cup. ”

    Obviously, you don’t know any 18 year old kids.

  64. Award says:

    It was bound to happen. He has been invited to the U.S. U-20’s and now he is getting an invite to the English U-18’s. It’s all on him now. Lets not forget that one of his best friends is an American Sebastian Lletget. Anyways he is not the only dual national LB to except another countries invite. Jaun Pablo Oceguaedo has excepted two invites with Mexico’s U-20 program, and that for sure is looking like Mexico nabbed him from the US U-20 team. Good thing the US U-20’s have a decent pool of LB’s to chose from i.e. Cunnignham, Moises Hernandez, Mikey Ambrose, and Marc Pelosi can play LB as well.

  65. GeorgeCross says:

    It does make me laugh that the US cannot develop their own talent; the USSF having to snake their fingers up family trees to import players from Germany and England. WHat ever happened to Bradenton, FL?

  66. johnvan12 says:

    Alex Oxeley-Chamberlain, now 19, will be playing left back for England as soon as Ashley Cole is done. Mr. Potts should play for the US if he ever wants to see the field in a World Cup.

  67. Andy says:

    I’m 19, and I get the reference. You people need to get some culture. (not that Animal House is cultured haha)

    And good points Brad, I was being cynical/trying to make a joke I guess, but I could definitely see that scenario playing out.

  68. Ryan says:

    Agreed, plus his dad played english football. I would love to have another young prospect but I can not fault him for choosing his birth nation.

  69. Ryan says:

    HAHAHAHA living under a rock FAILLLLLL

  70. marco says:

    It’s time for USMNT to get off the Pott.

  71. GW says:

    “Doesn’t mean we’re as good as them.”

    You don’t have to be as good as them to beat them.

    “If you think we are better than England, you are deluded.”

    That depends on what you mean by “better”?

    Man for man they have more talented, experienced, battle tested players than the US. If those were the only factors you would have to pick England every time. However, there are a lot of intangibles that go into building a team and then playing the game. England tends to be a little shaky on some of those.

    In terms of team unity, the USMNT looks a lot more together and unified than what seems to be a much more potentially volatile England locker room. For example, now that Harkes is retired it seems we don’t have too many players sleeping with other player’s wives or getting entangled with the legal system or getting hounded halfway to hell by the tabloids.

    If the England players are feeling free and relaxed they would probably play the US and most teams right off the field; but they almost never feel that way.

    In general they have a very fragile mentality. Which is why this next managerial hire will be a very big deal for them. Get the right man and they could do very well in the Euro’s. Hire some D bag and their fans and the media will crucify them, burn them in effigy and then de-friend them.

    Potts may surprise everyone but there is no reason to think he has a particularly exceptional shot to be the left back for England. In fact, it’s not as if he has the left back slot for West Ham all sewn up.

    Neither is he that likely to ever be the left back for the USMNT. It’s far too early to tell.

    However, should he prove willing and able, his chances of regular playing time are probably going to be better with the US than with England. The main difference from a professional stand point, is England play in two major competitions, the World Cup and the Euros while the US only does the World Cup. However, with the rumored alterations to Copa America, maybe that will change by the time Potts is an adult.

    The USMNT will be the underdog any time they play England but there is also no reason to think they can’t beat them.

  72. blaise213 says:

    Because Rossi scores a ridiculous amount of goals for his club team and is a starter for Italy. All the German guys you named are never made it to the same level.


  73. GW says:

    If those Jersey Shore denizens are the very flower of American womenhood and the best the US can come up with, no wonder Pots is thining England.

  74. GW says:

    What proof do you have Potts is a good international left back?

    Five games for a Championship side?

  75. John Barnes says:

    You mean like that German team that pounded England in the 2010 World Cup? Lot of real Zimmerman-esque Germans on that team.

    Care to tell me what great talent the English have developed lately?

  76. Raymon says:

    Oxlade-Chamberlain is a midfielder.

  77. Tyler says:

    True, Johnson doesn’t necessarily play regularly in the back though and if both Lichaj and Potts fulfill their potential I believe Potts will be the superior player. That being said Lichaj is still a damn good option and he’ll be in the mix undoubtedly. Hopefully he can hit 100% and get back in there soon.

  78. Tyler says:

    Oceguda hasn’t decided. I think as we move forward we’ll see more and more players jump around, in the interest of not wanting to shut any doors because anything can happen and you don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.