Chelsea academy graduate Nathaniel Chalobah has been honoured with the England Men’s Youth Player of the Year award for 2012.
The 18-year-old was presented with the accolade at the FA’s England awards ceremony at St George’s Park on Sunday evening.
Votes were cast by England coaches across all levels and took into consideration Chalobah’s fine form for the England Under-19’s over the course of the year.
Chalobah featured in eight Under-19 gamescaptaining the team twiceand was ever present as the Young Lions reached the semifinals of the Under-19 European Championships in Estonia.
The Sierra Leone-born player has been on loan at Gianfranco Zola’s Watford since the start of the season, and his displays for the Hornets have led to him making his debut in Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 side
The defender has long been on the radar of the England set-up since making his Under-15’s debut as a 13-year-old and skippering the Under-17’s at the tender age of 14.
Chalobah has already won two FA Youth Cups with Chelsea in 2010 and 2012, and his performances in the Championship for Watfordscoring two goals in 24 gameshas led to speculation he will be included in the Blues’ first-team squad from next season onwards.