When clubs meet up at Derby County's Pride Park on December 18, to vote on the introduction of a Home Grown Players Rule, it will need a majority of all League clubs, as well as a majority of Championship clubs, to pass the proposals.

Should they get the go ahead it would represent a significant commitment to youth development by Football League clubs.

There are currently 8,500 young footballers, aged between 8 and 18 on the books of Football League clubs, playing at 22 Academies and 46 Centres of Excellence.

Each season Football League clubs invest more than £30m of their own money into youth development programmes. They also receive an additional £13m of grant funding from the FA and Premier League, with clubs able to apply for a maximum grant of £180,000 each.

In the past four seasons, more than 600 young players developed by Football League clubs have gone on to sign professional contracts and increasingly players developed at League clubs are making a growing impact on the national team at all levels.

14 players out of the 23 man squad for England's recent match against Germany began their careers with Football League clubs, including the likes of David James, Matthew Upson, Gareth Barry, Theo Walcott and Ashley Young.

Additionally, nine players were called-up for the U21's last match and a further 23 players earned recognition for England U19's, U17's and U16's, demonstrating the good work being done across the 72 clubs to identify and develop young players.

The full list of players called up for England duty in the most recent round of international matches is: -

Senior Team (v Germany 19/11/08):

14 players out of 23

David James (Watford) - now Portsmouth
Scott Carson (Leeds United) - now West Bromwich Albion
Paul Robinson (Leeds United) - now Blackburn Rovers
Micah Richards (Oldham Athletic) - now Manchester City
Wayne Bridge (Southampton) - now Chelsea
Curtis Davies (Luton Town) - now Aston Villa
Joleon Lescott (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - now Everton
Matthew Upson (Luton Town) - now West Ham United
Gareth Barry (Brighton & Hove Albion) - now Aston Villa
Ashley Young (Watford) - now Aston Villa
Theo Walcott (Swindon Town & Southampton) - now Arsenal
Jermain Defoe (Charlton Athletic) - now Portsmouth
Darren Bent (Ipswich Town) - now Tottenham Hotspur
Scott Parker (Charlton Athletic) - now West Ham United

Under 21's (v Czech Republic 18/11/08):

9 players out of 20

Joe Lewis (Norwich City) - now Peterborough United
Ryan Bertrand (Gillingham) - now Chelsea
Martin Cranie (Southampton) - now Portsmouth
Kyle Naughton (Sheffield United)
Richard Stearman (Leicester City) - now Wolverhampton Wanderers
Michael Kightly (Southend United) - now Wolverhampton Wanderers
Aaron Lennon (Leeds United) - now Tottenham Hotspur
Fabian Delph (Bradford City & Leeds United)
Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Under 19's (v Germany 18/11/08):

7 players out of 18

Ben Amos (Crewe Alexandra) - now Manchester United
Lee Hills (Crystal Palace)
Joe Mattock (Leicester City)
Victor Moses (Crystal Palace)
Michael Woods (Leeds United) - now Chelsea
Jacob Mellis (Sheffield United) - now Chelsea
Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town)

Under 17's (v Spain 27/10/08):

11 players out of 18

Ryan Allsop (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - now West Bromwich Albion
John Bostock (Crystal Palace) - now Tottenham Hotspur
Eddie Oshodi (Watford)
Tom Parkes (Leicester City)
Jamie Reckord (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Jacob Walcott (Reading)
Luke Freeman (Gillingham) - now Arsenal
Jed Steer (Norwich City)
Jonjo Shelvey (Charlton Athletic)
Jack Wilshere (Luton Town) - now Arsenal
Liam Head (Plymouth Argyle)

Under 16's (v Scotland 28/11/08):

5 players out of 18

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic)
Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town)
Luke Garbutt (Leeds United)
Andre Wisdom (Bradford City) - now Liverpool
Zele Ismail (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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