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.
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