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England’s Bright Young Things (ii)

So the World Cup is over and all the talk is of England’s bright young things pushing for a senior call up, but who are these youngsters who’ve scooped so many major titles in the last year- here’s part 2 of our guide to the top 30 prospects under the age of 23.

England’s Bright Young Things (i)

15. Tom Davies (Age 20 Everton)

An energetic box to box midfielder Davies has managed to secure a place in Everton’s midfield despite the competition of Morgan Schneiderlin & Idrissa Gueye. Davies has already accumulated 44 junior caps for England.

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Davies is now an Everton regular

First Team Prospects- Davies is now well established with Everton but needs to impress new boss Marco Silva in what is likely to be a much changed Everton side.

14. Callum Hudson-Odoi (17 Chelsea)

Hudson-Odoi is one of the most exciting prospects to emerge from Chelsea’s academy, a tricky winger with pace and flair, he excelled in the Under 17 World Cup Final and was rated highly enough by Antonio Conte to win his senior debut in January.

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Hudson-Odoi thrilled in the Under 17 World Cup Final

First Team Prospects- After 10 years in the academy Hudson-Odoi is stepping out in senior football and that almost certainly means a year in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem.

13. Joe Gomez (21 Liverpool)

Gomez’s career has been hampered by an ACL injury keeping him sidelined for a full year. But last season he made big strides in Liveprool’s first team sharing time with Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and making his England debut on the right side of the back 3. In his first England start Gomez kept Neymar quiet at Wembley and won man of the match but injury denied him a chance of going to the World Cup.

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Gomez keeps tabs on Neymar

First Team Prospects- It seems Jurgen Klopp prefers him at right-back s opposed to centre-back and that means competing with Alexander-Arnold and fit again Nathaniel Clyne. But with Alexander-Arnold & Dejan Lovren given extended leave after the World Cup Gomez looks a good bet to start the new season in the first 11.

12. Kieran Dowell (20 Everton)

Another member of England’s Under 20 World Cup winning side, Dowell went on to score the winning goal in this summer’s Toulon Tournament final. Dowell’s natural position is as a playmaking number 10 and spent last season a highly successful loan to Nottingham Forest.

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Dowell in the Toulon Final

First Team Prospects- This could be a breakout year for Dowell at Everton, with Wayne Rooney gone and Marco Silva reshaping the existing squad. With £45 million Gylfi Sigurdsson likely to be first choice Dowell needs to establish himself via the cup competitions.

11. Angus Gunn (22 Southampton)

England’s Under 21 goalkeeper and Manchester City Acadmey product is the son of former Nowrwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn. And it was with Norwich that Gunn Junior made his first team debut and played all 46 games of Norwich’s Chamopinship campaign last term. But upon his return to Manchester he was sold to Southampton £13.5million.

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Gunn joining Southampton

First Team Prospects- Southampton aren’t a team that can spend £13million on a goalkeeper and keep him on the bench. If Gunn is in form he will start next season in the Premier League and end it in goal at the Euro Under 21 Finals.

10. Jonjoe Kenny (21 Everton)

Part of the group that won the Euro Under 17s in 2014 and The Under 20 World Cup 3 years later Kenny is a marauding right back with an excellent crossing ability.

First Team Prospects- An established part of the Everton squad Kenny’s path to a regular start is currently blocked by fit again Seamus Coleman . If Coleman can get back to the heights he hit before his horrific leg break Kenny will have to wait a while.

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Kenny faces stiff competition for the right-back slot at Everton

9. Lewis Cook (21 Bournemouth)

England’s Under 20 World Cup winning captain has got used to picking up international level winners medals having previously won the European Under 17s back in 2014 and captained this summers Toulon win. Cook already has 120 first team games first with Leeds and now Bournemouth and won his first senior cap in March. Cook is an inventive midfielder comfortable as either a deep-lying playmaker or number 10.

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Lewis Cook with the Under 20 World Cup

First Team Prospects- After a quiet first season at Bournemouth, Cook became a regular  for the Cherries last season and looks another strong contender for a September call up.

8. Harry Winks (22 Tottenham)

The Tottenham midfield may well have gone to the World Cup were it not for a persistent  ankle problem for which he had surgery in the spring. Now recovered the inventive central midfielder needs to reestablish him in Tottenham’s midfield where he held his own against Modric & Kroos in the Bernabeau last season.

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Winks on his England debut in Lithuania

First Team Prospects- Strong, Winks is highly rated by Mauricio Pochettino and with Dier, Dembele & Alli all coming off long World Cup campaigns & Son off to the Asian Games the door is open for Winks if he has a good pre-season.

7.  Ademola Lookman (20 Everton)

Another member of England’s victorious World Cup Under 20s side. Sam Allardyce didn’t fancy Lookman and loaned the winger out to Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig where he notched 5 goals and 4 assists in just 11 games.

First Team Prospects- Lookman is holding all the cards- Leipzig have lodged a £12 million bid but Marco Silva insists Lookman is part of his first team plans. Should Silva not make good on his promise Germany awaits.

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Lookman was a big hit in Leipzig

6. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (21 Everton)

The most experienced Premier League player on this list having notched 32 league appearances for Everton last term. Calvert-Lewin came to prominence by scoring the winner in the Under 20 World Cup Final last summer. It’s still not clear what Calvert-Lewin’s best position is- striker, second striker, winger or maybe even a number 10. But his talent is without question.

First Team Prospects- Everton are starting again under Marco Silva but it’s hard to imagine Calvert-Lewin being out of the first team picture given the strides he’s already made, could be contender for a senior call up in September.

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Calvert-Lewin scores for Everton

5. Mason Mount (19 Chelsea)

This talented attacking midfielder was outstanding in England’s Euro Under 19 triumph last summer and went on to a stellar loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem winning their player of the year award last term scoring 14 goals from 39 games.

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Mount scores for Vitesse

First Team Prospects- All the pieces are up in the air at Stamford Bridge but it’s hard to imagine they’ll suddenly turn to a 19-year-old. Rumours have Mount heading for a season with former youth team coach Jody Morris as part of Frank Lampard’s Derby team. But after such a good season in Holland and putting himself in the shop window at the Euros a permanent move is his should he want it.

4. Dominic Solanke (20 Liverpool)

Player of the Tournament as England won the Under 20 World Cup Solanke is now a Jurgen Klopp project at Liverpool. Last season saw the striker used mainly as a substitute behind Anfield’s Holy Trinity of Salah-Firmino-Mane, but did get his first goal in senior football at the end of last season and get his first England cap last November.

First Team Prospects- Solanke has seen off the likes of Ings, Sturridge & Origi but the arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri suggests chances will be limited. Rumours have linked Solanke with a loan move to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. A year at Ibrox could prove a sensible move for a player who needs minutes to put it all together .

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Solanke at the Under 20 World Cup

 3.  Phil Foden (18 Manchester City)

This creative young midfielder is the apple of Pep Guardiola’s eye with Pep  claiming Foden is an Iniesta level prospect! Player of the tournament at England won the U-17 World Cup the world it would appear is at Foden’s feet.

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Foden scores in the 5-2 hammering of Spain- Under 17 World Cup Final

First Team Prospects- That’s the catch! As if competition for place at City wasn’t strong enough they’ve now added Riyad Mahrez into the superstar mix. But with most City’s talented forward’s on extended leave after long World Cup campaigns Foden may get an early chance. realistically getting 20-25 appearances this season would be a huge step forward.

2.  Ryan Sessegnon (18 Fulham)

The left-wing was the best player in the Championship last season racking up 16 goals as Fulham won promotion. Sessegnon looks nailed on to replace Ashley Young as England Left Wing-back.

First Team Prospects- He’s the best player in his team and is staying at Craven Cottage (for now) and seems likely to stay until he can guarantee a start at a top 6 club.

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Sessegnon was the Championship’s best player last season

1.Jadon Sancho (18 Borussia Dortmund)

Player of the tournament at last years Euro Under 17s Sancho now wears the number 7 shirt at Borussia Dortmund after a £10million switch from Manchester City. Injuries delayed his debut but is now firmly established in Germany. A dynamic winger with pace and trickery  Sancho looks a superstar in the making.

First Team Prospects– Excellent! Sancho looks set to be a regular in the Champions League next season.

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Sancho celebrates at the Westfalen

Ben Chilwell (21 Leicester)

Tammy Abraham (20 Chelsea)

Demerai Gray (22 Leicester)

Rob Holding (22 Arsenal)

Fikayo Tomori (20 Chelsea)

Ashley Maitland-Niles (20 Arsenal)

Josh Onomah (21 Tottenham)

Adam Armstrong (21 Newcastle)

Ronaldo Viera (19 Leeds)

Rhian Brewster (18 Liverpool)

Dael Fry (20 Middlesbrough)**

Eddie Nketiah (19 Arsenal)

Chris Willock (20 Benfica)

Kyle Walker-Peters (21 Tottenham)

Freddie Woodman (21 Newcastle)

Tom Pearce (20 Leeds)**

Jack Grealish (22 Aston Villa)

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Jonathan Fearby View All

Football fan, follower of England, Leeds and will watch any game possible (between raising twins!)

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