The U-17 World cup kicks off on Friday the 6th of October in India.
This is the first major FIFA Event to be held in India and will see India’s team compete as hosts.
The U-17 World Cup in the past has thrown many players into the limelight who are currently superstars in the footballing world.
Luis Figo, Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti, Esteban Cambiasso, Xavi, Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos, and relatively recently Neymar are just some of the big names to have marked their arrival in the footballing world via this mega event.
England is known to have a top youth side and they almost won a major trophy, only to lose cruelly at the hands of Spain on penalties at the U-1& European Championships.
We pick out a few players you should keep an eye on from the England squad who are currently part of the rosters of Premier League sides.
1) Angel Gomes (Manchester United)
Gomes made his Manchester United debut in May against Crystal Palace and in turn become the club’s second youngest debutant. He missed the top spot occupied by Duncan Edwards by just 78 days. He is the first player born after 2000 to appear in the Premier League. The attacker is widely considered to be one of the best youngsters to emerge at Old Trafford and it would not be surprising to see him appear in the senior team set-up on a regular basis quite soon. After injury ruled him out of England’s European campaign this summer, a fit and firing Gomes has unfinished business on the international stage, where he could well be the difference for the team.
2) Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
Brewster left Chelsea’s academy at the age of 14 before he joined up with Liverpool. He was on the bench for Liverpool’s game against Palace back in April as Jurgen Klopp was impressed by the kid. He missed a penalty in England’s final defeat at the hands of Spain and will be itching to avenge it. The striker scored a brace in a recent match against New Zealand and seems to be in red-hot form.
3) Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
The 17-year-old has been in Chelsea’s ranks since the age of 8 and is quickly developing a name for himself. He played a key role in the Blues’ treble-winning youth team, scoring vital goals all the way through to the FA Youth Cup final, and was rewarded with a three-year contract in July. Hudson opened the scoring for England in the final against Spain but was substituted late on and he could not help his side see through the game and he will want to make sure that it is not the case this time around.
4) Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Possibly the biggest name and the most exciting one on this list so far, Phil Foden. The Mancunian was included for City’s pre-season tour to the USA and was sent straight into the line of fire against Manchester United. But such was his impact that he has already been given a City first team number and has appeared on the bench 4 times for City in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola has repeatedly singled him out for praise as well. “I don’t have words – I would like to have the right words to describe what I saw,” Guardiola said, despite tasting defeat to United in Houston. “It’s a long time since I saw something like this.” He was on the score-sheet in the Final against Spain as well and the World Cup could be a huge platform for him to stake his claim for the number 10 Role at both City and England in the future.