The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SHEFFIELD United boss Nigel Ad­kins says he wants next month’s clash with Colch­ester to go ahead, de­spite four of his play­ers be­ing on in­ter­na­tional duty that week­end.

De­fender David Edgar has been called up to the Canada squad, Cal­lum McFadzean is named in the Scot­land Un­der21s, Che Adams has re­ceived a first-ever call-up to the Eng­land Un­der-20s, while Louis Reed is set to rep­re­sent the Eng­land Un­der-19s.

It means the Blades’ re­sources will be stretched on that week­end, but Ad­kins would rather play the fix­ture now than face con­ges­tion fur­ther down the line.

“Hav­ing three play­ers called up al­lows you to call a game off and we have four,” said Ad­kins. “But we will do ev­ery­thing we can to keep the game on, be­cause we don’t want to fall be­hind on the games pro­gramme. At this stage we def­i­nitely want the fix­ture against Colch­ester to go ahead.

“It is great for the lads to be se­lected to rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive na­tions and long may it con­tinue.

“It is a first in­ter­na­tional call up for Che. He re­cently signed an im­proved longterm deal with us and this is yet another step in the right di­rec­tion for him.”

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