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Will any of England Under-17s’ World Cup finalists become regulars at their club?

England's Under-17s stand on the verge of World Cup glory but how far can they get at club level?

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming.

England Under-17s are through to a first ever World Cup final after seeing off Chile, Mexico, Iraq, Japan, USA and Brazil.

But who do England’s Class of ’17 have to get past at club level to play regular first-team football?


The likely lads

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The likely lads

Curtis Anderson (Goalkeeper)- Man City

The hero of England’s penalty shootout win against Japan has played all but one of the World Cup games, sitting out the final group match against Iraq.

He cost City £15,000 when he moved from Blackpool aged 11 but has yet to play higher than the Under-18s.

Anderson has Ederson, Claudio Bravo, Joe Hart and Angus Gunn blocking his route to the first-team, as well as development keepers Daniel Grimshaw and Kjetil Haug, so he’s got plenty of work to do.

Imagine costing £15,000 as an 11-year-old

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Imagine costing £15,000 as an 11-year-old

Steven Sessegnon (Right-back)- Fulham

Steven’s brother Ryan hasn’t joined him in England’s World Cup squad due to his first-team duties at Fulham.

But in his absence Steven, who made his Fulham first-team debut against Wycombe, has provided plenty of drive down England’s right flank, as displayed by his assist for Rhian Brewster against Brazil.

Fulham are only a couple of injuries away from playing with Ryan at left-back and Steven at right-back on a regular basis. Now that would be a lovely sight.

The new Phil Neville

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The new Phil Neville

Joel Latibeaudiere (Centre-back)- Man City

England’s captain has impressed with his physicality and composure in the middle of defence, although the positional sense that comes with age is still slightly lacking.

He’s already made the step up to City’s Development Squad, scoring in the UEFA Youth League, and was part of Pep Guardiola’s pre-season plans.

Pep’s defensive options are limited behind John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, although he’s clearly a fan of Tosin Adarabioyo, so if Latibeaudiere keeps progressing he should get a chance.

Marc Guehi (Centre-back)- Chelsea

Born in Ivory Coast, Guehi has been a Chelsea player since the Under-8s and was captain of the England Under-17 side that went all the way to the final of the European Championships.

Guehi won the treble with Chelsea’s Under-18s last season, making 26 appearances.

The difficulty will now come in pushing past Antonio Rudiger, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta, as well as Jake Clarke-Salter, under a manager who doesn’t look particularly keen to put his trust in the academy.

Future Chelsea regular?

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Future Chelsea regular?

Jonathan Panzo (Left-back)- Chelsea

Panzo’s ability to play at both left-back and centre-back makes him an ideal candidate for the left side of Antonio Conte’s 5-3-2 formation.

Marcos Alonso has made the left wing-back position his own and Chelsea can also call upon Jay Dasilva who is out on loan at Charlton.

As with Guehi, it’s going to be very difficult for Panzo to get anywhere near the first-team under Conte.

See ya later

See ya later

George McEachran (Midfielder)- Chelsea

Like his older brother Josh, George is a neat and tidy midfielder who operates from a deep position and looks to set England’s tempo.

Josh was on course to becoming a regular at Chelsea before being squeezed out by the arrival of several multi-million pound internationals.

George has already made the step up to Chelsea’s Development Squad, and in Cesc Fabregas has a brilliant role model, but he still faces a monumental journey to establish himself in the first-team.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Midfielder)- Spurs

If there’s one manager you want to be playing under as an English youngster it’s Mauricio Pochettino.

Oakley-Boothe has already been handed his Spurs first-team debut by Pochettino and possesses the physique coupled with technique that the Argentinian loves from his midfielders.

He only has to look at Harry Winks, who’s gone from England’s Under-17s right through to the senior side, to see how far a youngster can go under Poch with the right application.

Brothers in arms

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Brothers in arms


Morgan Gibbs-White (Midfielder)- Wolves

None of the England Under-17 squad are as far along the first-team path as Wolves’ Gibss-White, who made seven appearances in the Championship last season.

His first-team debut at the age of 16 came against Premier League opposition in Stoke, and he’ll be hoping to kick on under Nuno Santo when he returns from international duty.

With Wolves currently leading the Championship table there’s every chance Gibbs-White will be the first member of his age group to establish himself as a regular top flight player.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Winger)- Chelsea

Hudson-Odoi holds the distinction of being the only 16-year-old in Steve Cooper’s England Under-17 squad.

He’s been at Chelsea since the Under-8s and can play on both flanks or behind the striker.

Now there’s just the small issue of Eden Hazard to get past.

You won’t catch him from there

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You won’t catch him from there

Phil Foden (Winger)- Man City

Foden has already made City’s first-team squad on several occasions which is no mean feat given who he’s competing against.

It’s the combination of his languid skill coupled with Stockport grit that makes Foden such a dynamic midfielder.

If you were asked which member of England’s squad is a certainty to kick on you’d have to say Foden, although much will rely on how long Pep stays around for.

Rhian Brewster (Striker)- Liverpool

Brewster is set to join Carlos Vela, Cesc Fabregas, Adriano and Florent Sinama Pongolle on the list of Under-17 World Cop top goalscorers after back-to-back hat-tricks.

But in Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke he’s got a serious traffic jam to get through if he wants to break into Liverpool’s first-team.

There’s no doubting what Jurgen Klopp thinks of him though…


Jadon Sancho is an outside bet to get into England’s 2018 World Cup squad if he gets regular playing time at Borussia Dormund.

Angel Gomes made his Man United debut last season to become the first player born in the 2000s to feature in the Premier League, although he’s yet to play this campaign.

Nya Kirby is yet to make his Crystal Palace debut but if Roy Hodgson is looking for something different the 17-year-old could provide a spark from midfield.