Tyke That: England's Yorkshire Stars

As England return to Yorkshire on Thursday evening to face Costa Rica at Elland Road, a look at the Yorkshire roots in the Three Lions squad.

Gareth Southgate’s favoured formation for the World Cup has evolved in recent months to a back three with attacking full-backs and his chosen central defenders all learned their footballing trade in the White Rose county.

Both Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire began their careers in their home city at Sheffield United with Maguire making well over 100 appearances for the Blades and learning his trade in the unforgiving world of the lower divisions.

John Stones was marked out for big things from his early days at Barnsley and earned the Tykes a double windfall from his move to Everton with the subsequent sell-on clause as he went to Manchester City being bigger than the original transfer fee itself.

If Gary Cahill gets the nod ahead of Maguire he could be counted as an honorary Yorkshireman having grown up in Dronfield which is just across the Derbyshire border but which is home to Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest football club.

Bradford-born Fabian Delph will be back on familiar ground after being seen as a rare symbol of hope for Leeds United in their League One days while Danny Rose also came through the academy ranks at Elland Road although he did not make a senior Leeds appearance.

And further forward, of course, Jamie Vardy is the third Sheffield-born player in the the England squad and the name of Stocksbridge Park Steels has become synonomous in recent years with the rags to riches rise of the former Sheffield Wednesday youth team player.

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