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These young players have been named the most valuable Under-21 stars in football

Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli has been declared the most valuable Under-21 player in world football after doubling his value from the previous year.

Alli is valued at £73.6m (€82.6m) in this year’s Soccerex 20 U21 report by Prime Time Sport, which uses Prime Time Sport’s Football Value Index, to rank footballers born on or after 1st January 1996.


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Dele Alli was voted PFA Players' Young Player of the Year in England

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The 21-year-old English star, who was named the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second season in a row this April, comfortably beat AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé to the accolade.

This was partly due to the number of minutes played for his club – Alli clocked an impressive 3,044 minutes, more than double that of the Frenchman’s 1,499.

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Linked with big summer moves, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele joined Alli in the top three.

Mbappé, who is valued at £55m (€61.7m) had a standout season for the 2016/17 Ligue 1 champions, scored the first hat-trick of his first-team career in the 7-0 rout of Stade Rennais in the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16.

It was the first hat-trick scored by any Monaco player in the competition since Sonny Anderson in 1997 – and has caught the eye of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain this transfer window.

Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé completes the top three, after the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year was valued at £54.3m (€60.9m).

The full list of 20 players is made up of players from across Europe and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford joins Dele Alli in the top ten as they look to be the rising stars of English football.

The year’s list of world football’s most valuable U21 players is dominated by strikers and attacking midfield players although AC Milan’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma £36m (€40.5m) did make the list, coming in ninth position and is the only goalkeeper to make the list.

The highest ranked defender was Theo Hernández, who came 13th and has just joined Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer.


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