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How many Under-17 World Cup top goalscorers went on to be full internationals?

Scoring a bag of goals at the Under-17 World Cup doesn't necessarily guarantee success

Rhian Brewster officially joined one of football’s most eclectic lists when he was crowned the 17th Under-17 World Cup top goalscorer on Saturday.

The Liverpool striker scored eight goals to become the first English player to scoop the award.

But how many of his predecessors went on the play for their senior international side?

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Joining an elite club

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Joining an elite club

Moussa Traore (Ivory Coast)

Traore moved to France off the back of his U17 goalscoring feats in 1987, joining Rennes.

He was part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the 1992 African Cup of Nations in Senegal.

The striker played in both the 1996 Cup of Nations, where he scored, and the 1998 Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso, before retiring.

Ivory Coast are presented with their Cup of Nations trophy in 1992

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Ivory Coast are presented with their Cup of Nations trophy in 1992

Fode Camara (Guinea)

Our ability to access Wikipedia rich knowledge of Guinean football tells us Camara spent the best years of his career in Belgium.

He also played for and managed Indonesian side Bontang FC. Did someone say jet setter?

Camara failed to find the back of the net in any of his appearances for Guinea, all of which came in the 1998 African Cup of Nations.

Strike a pose

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Strike a pose

Wilson Oruma(Nigeria)

In 2000 Tom Hanks starred in Shipwrecked, a film starring Wilson the volleyball.

Seven years earlier a different Wilson, Wilson Oruma, was taking the world by storm after scoing six goals at the Under-17 World Cup.

He played 19 times for Nigeria’s senior side, chipping in with a gentleman’s three goals, while he also won Ligue 1 at Lens while playing alongside Vladimir Smicer.

You learn something new every day.

That looks suspiciously like a Panenka to us

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That looks suspiciously like a Panenka to us

Danny Allsopp (Australia)

Allsopp made the journey from Australia to England when he signed for Man City in 1998, before swiftly being loaned out to Notts County, Wrexham and Bristol Rovers.

He played three times for Australia but was described as ‘absolutely hopeless’ by coach Pim Verbeek after a tepid display against Indonesia.

Twenty-three goals in 35 games for Croydon City Arrows says something else.

Hands up if you want three caps for Australia?

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Hands up if you want three caps for Australia?

Ishmael Addo (Ghana)

The ‘baby-faced assassin’ played for the majestically named Harts of Oaks and Eleven Wonders, where he’s still turning out, while also spending a short time in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The 35-year-old played in the Champions League with Tel Aviv but never really settled and played for Ergotelis and Enosis Neon Paralimini.

We’ve checked and they are real teams.

Addo scored once in nine senior appearances for Ghana, having made his debut as a 17-year-old.

Crunch

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Crunch

Florent Sinama Pongolle (France)

Sinama Pongolle saw off Carlos Tevez and Niko Kranjcar to scoop the top goalscorer crown in 2001 as part of France’s winning squad.

Despite never settling at club level and turning out for a host of clubs including Liverpool, Blackburn, Atletico Madrid and Sporting CP, Sinama Pongolle was capped by France.

A solitary game against Tunisia means he’s a one-cap wonder or, we should say, a merveille a un cap.

From France to Dundee

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From France to Dundee

Cesc Fabregas (Spain)

The 2003 Under-17 World Cup was a festival of football, mostly because of the presence of Freddy Adu.

Fabregas was named top goalscorer and best player despite Spain losing to Brazil in the final.

Safe to say he’s not done badly since, winning 110 caps to date.


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Carlos Vela (Mexico)

Vela was the ultimate Carling Cup kid when he played for Arsenal, lobbing West Brom’s reserve keeper every year to spark mass hysteria.

He can now be found at Real Sociedad, although he’ll be joining Los Angeles FC in 2018.

His return of 62 international caps show the talent he possesses, although only 18 goals also highlights his tendency to drift through games.

Lovely pitch

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Lovely pitch

Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)

Who’s scored the most goals in Under-17 World Cup history?

None other than Victor Osimhen, who scored ten goals for Nigeria in 2015.

Two senior caps later he’s now at Wolfsburg, although he’s very much been a peripheral figure this season.

The smile of a man with a Under-17 golden boot in his locker

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The smile of a man with a Under-17 golden boot in his locker