KENT CRICKET have shared a remarkable throwback photo that features two England internationals in cricket and rugby, as well as a former Chelsea star.
The 12-year-old pic features the Kent Under-13s team, captained by now-England opening batsman Zak Crawley, 25.
Twitter @KentCricketKent Cricket Under-13s team in 2011 featured three future professionals[/caption]
GettyCaptain Zak Crawley is now England’s opening batsman[/caption]
GettyBen Earl has 18 caps for England and started in the World Cup win over Argentina[/caption]
Nathan Baxter became a goalkeeper and now plays for Bolton after coming through Chelsea’s academyGetty
He is instantly recognisable sitting in the front row, sporting his characteristic big grin.
Crawley scored more runs than any other England player at The Ashes this year and was just 16 short of Aussie Usman Khawaja’s best of 496.
Two seats down from Crawley in the photo is another player who has gone on to be a professional – but in football rather than cricket.
Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter now plays for Bolton after coming through Chelsea‘s academy system.
The 24-year-old had several loan spells at the likes of Hull, Accrington Stanley and Ross County before leaving Blues on a permanent basis in the summer.
That pair are not the only famous faces in the squad photo – England rugby international Ben Earl also features.
The Saracens flanker is easy to spot as he beams from ear to ear, mainly thanks to his large frame.
His physique has helped him become a mainstay in the England team and the 25-year-old now has 18 caps to his name.
Earl started in the 27-10 win over Argentina in England’s World Cup opener last Saturday.
And he is likely to play a part for the Red Roses when they take on Japan on Sunday.