Summer stars form England youth XI
FootyOn experts name an England youth XI following the exploits of Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 teams at tournaments.
It’s been an incredible summer for English youth football.
Not only did the Young Lions win the Under-20 World Cup and Toulon Tournament, but the Under-19s are European champions.
The England Under-21s also reached the semis in their age bracket.
Whether first-team breakthroughs at Championship or Premier League level happen for all of these starlets is another matter, however.
Recognition is due to these summer stars, though.
We’ve put together an England youth XI or exciting talent to keep an eye on going forward…
Goalkeeper: Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United, Under-20)
Magpies manager Rafael Benitez has reportedly been chasing Pepe Reina – his goalkeeper from his time in charge at Liverpool.
Does he need the Spaniard, though?
Croydon-born Woodman not only helped the England Under-20s to win the Youth World Championship, but bagged the Golden Glove for best stopper too.
Newcastle are 11/4 with betway for a top 10 finish upon their Premier League return.
Right back: Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham, Under-20)
We know what you’re thinking, didn’t Spurs just sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City for big money?
Mauricio Pochettino may have a like-for-like namesake replacement at full back in Walker-Peters.
This right-footer actually played left back for the England Under-20s and contributed to three clean sheets during the World Cup winning run.
Centre back: Easah Suliman (Aston Villa, Under-19)
Villa may have just signed John Terry, but Steve Bruce should be looking at the progress Suliman makes.
England’s Under-19s conceded just two goals in their European Championship winning campaign and only one was scored by an opposition player.
Suliman was not only a commanding presence at the back, but scored the opener in the final.
Alfie Mawson (Swansea City, Under-21)
Former Barnsley defender Mawson had the daunting task of stepping into ex-Swans skipper Ashley Williams’ shoes last term.
Although the south Wales side were in a relegation battle for much of the campaign, he acquitted himself well and came into the England Under-21 setup as a result.
Helping the Young Lions keep two clean sheets and a tournament goal stand him in good stead for the coming season.
Left back: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham, Under-19)
In-demand teenage talent Sessegnon has played further forward for both club and country, but is best-known as a full back.
Premier League clubs have been tracking this prize fruit of Fulham’s academy for some time anyway.
Sessegnon scored three goals for the Under-19s en route to European Championship glory.
Fulham are 3/1 with BetVictor to be promoted from the Championship this term after losing in last season’s play-offs.
Central midfield: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth, Under-20)
Ex-Leeds United talent Cook had his club campaign wrecked by injury, but the silver lining was captaining the Under-20s to that World Cup win.
Playing deeper than at Elland Road, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will surely have his eye on Cook to fill the deep-lying playmaker role of Jack Wilshere.
A goal and two assists during the Youth World Championship are evidence Cook can influence things from such a position.
Bournemouth are 23/10 with Paddy Power to repeat their top 10 Premier League finish from last season this term.
Central midfield: Mason Mount (Chelsea, Under-19)
Chelsea academy products have a very poor record of making the grade in the first-team at Stamford Bridge, but young Mount proved pretty creative for England’s Under-19s.
His hat-trick of assists in a 4-1 group stage mauling of Germany hints at real ability, so a loan spell looks the next step.
Mount also set up the winning goal in the final against Portugal, besides scoring earlier in the tournament en route to European Championship success.
The Blues are general 7/2 second-favourites with the bookies to retain their Premier League title.
Winger: Demarai Gray (Leicester City, Under-21)
Foxes wideman Gray has only completed 90 minutes in the Premier League twice since joining from Birmingham City, so wants assurances about his first-team prospects going forward.
Those may be enhanced by Riyad Mahrez handing in a transfer request earlier this summer, but Gray is reportedly attracting interest from Spurs.
On international duty with the Under-21s, he scored twice and made an assist, showing what he can do when given game time.
Support striker: Dominic Solanke (Liverpool, Under-20)
Recent Reds recruit Solanke will have a tribunal set the fee for his transfer from Chelsea to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has got him for next season, though, so what’s all the fuss about?
Solanke scored four goals playing off the front for the Under-20s in their victorious World Cup campaign, including the winner in the quarter-finals and a decisive brace in the semis.
He is also 21/20 with betway to help Liverpool repeat their top four finish from last season.
Winger: Ademola Lookman (Everton, Under-20)
Versatile forward Lookman only arrived at Goodison Park from Charlton Athletic in January and made a memorable Premier League debut.
He rounded the scoring off from the bench in a 4-0 rout of Manchester City.
Lookman also netted three times at the Under-20 World Cup with all of his strikes coming in the knockout phase.
Striker: Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest, Under-19)
Forest forward Ben Brereton leads our England youth XI line after netting three at the Under-19 European Championship.
His first-team breakthrough at the City Ground came earlier this year before Mark Warbuton took over as manager.
If Forest sell top scorer Britt Assombalonga, then Brereton’s chances will surely increase.
With new Greek investment in the club, the Tricky Trees are 12/1 Championship promotion chances with Sky Bet.
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