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Are the England U20 World Cup winning squad getting the games we hoped they would?

From the Europa League to Non League - have a look at how the young lions have been getting on this season

It’s nearly two years since England beat Venezuela in the U20 World Cup Final.

Obviously an English team winnign a World Cup of any sort sent the hype train into overdrive.

But how have the young champions been faring since taking over the world? – fine, we’ll include at U20 level.

We are taking a look at each player and the game time they have acquired over the season.


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Goalkeepers

Freddie Woodman

The keeper was a rock during the tournament

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The keeper was a rock during the tournament

Woodman played six of the seven games during the tournament and only conceded three goals.

He made a heroic penalty save in the final and was integral England’s success – future Gordon Banks anyone?

The 21-year-old keeper hasn’t quite pushed on since then, making just three FA Cup appearances for Newcastle in the FA Cup.

Dean Henderson

The second choice keeper for England is now getting games in Sheffield

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The second choice keeper for England is now getting games in Sheffield

Henderson played in the 1-1 draw against Guinea in the group stages of the U20 World Cup.

However, settling in at the Championship’s Sheffield United, Hendo has kept 10 clean sheets in 31 games. Progress.

Luke Southwood

The Three Musketeers

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The Three Musketeers

Southwood (middle) didn’t make an appearance over the tournament and has since been sold from Reading’s academy to non-league Eastleigh.

He has conceded 12 goals in six appearances.

But you’ll never take that World Cup winners’ medal from him.

Defenders

Jonjoe Kenny

Valuable experience

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Valuable experience

Kenny is one of many Everton youngsters who featured in the World Cup.

The right back, unlike a lot of his colleagues, has managed to get 12 first team games this season – including nine in the Premier League.

Yes Everton’s defence has been one of the worst in the league under Marco Silva but it’s all valuable experience for Kenny.

Fikayo Tomori

The defender is at Frank Lampard’s Derby County

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The defender is at Frank Lampard’s Derby County

Tomori scored an own goal against Guinea but recovered well and was a key member of the team during the knockout games.

The defender joins the long list of Chelsea loanees at Derby and has made an impressive 31 appeances including beating United at Old Trafford.

Callum Connolly

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Proper challenge

The versatile young defender played at left-back for the opening two games at the tournament.

But he’s more accustomed to defensive midfield and has featured for Bolton in 20 games so far this season.

Connolly is another Everton youngster, with the Toffees opting to loan the youngster to the Lancashire side for the season.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Dutch courage

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Dutch courage

Chelsea’s highly rated centre-back is on loan at Vitesse Arnhem – a rite of passage for any talented youngster on the Blues’ books.

He has 18 games for the Dutch side in the league and even played in four Europa League qualifiers.

Chances of getting near the Chelsea first team? Zero.

Kyle Walker-Peters

With the big boys

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With the big boys

Walker-Peters is one of the more recognisable names in the squad, he has made seven appearances for Spurs this season.

Mauricio Pochettino even trusted the youngster to step up for a trip to the Nou Camp – unfortunately he was rinsed by Ousmane Dembele for Barcelona’s opening goal before regaining his composure.

Dael Fry

HOOF

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HOOF

Fry was one of the lesser known players from the squad but the 21-year-old has become a starter for promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

The central defender has made 21 Championship appearances and has made four assists in those games.

Ezri Konsa

Konsa in action for England U20s

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Konsa in action for England U20s

Konsa played just a single minute at the World Cup but has progressed well since.

Following a good spell at his boyhood club, Charlton, the centre-back is now a first team player at Championship side Brentford, making 27 league appearances this season.

Midfielders

Lewis Cook

Eyes on the prize

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Eyes on the prize

The Bournemouth midfielder is the most experienced in the top flight, with 48 Premier League games to his name – 13 this season.

He will miss the remainder of the season after he ruptured his ACL in a game against Huddersfield back in December.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Maitland-Niles in Premier League action for Arsenal

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Maitland-Niles in Premier League action for Arsenal

Arsenal’s young winger is gradually getting more game time for the Gunners.

He has three Europa League games under his belt with a further nine caps coming in Premier League games for Arsenal.

The jury is still out on his ultimate potential but Unai Emery is already willing to throw him in.

Kieran Dowell

Game time for The Blades

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Game time for The Blades

Dowell was a key member of the World Cup squad, he played in every game scoring once and assisting two more goals.

He moved to Sheffield United from Everton last month having not made an appearance for the Toffees.

But the minutes are racking up with five Championship games under his belt since  January.

Josh Onomah

Another youngster playing Championship football

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Another youngster playing Championship football

Onomah made 13 Premier League appearances for Spurs as a teenager.

He played a full Championship season for Aston Villa last term before being loaned out to Sheffield Weds this year.

A solid return of three assists in 12 games so far.

Sheyi Ojo

Ojo in his Liverpool days

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Ojo in his Liverpool days

Ojo was the first of these players to have risked a move abroad when he moved to Stade Reims in France for the season, leaving Liverpool on loan.

The winger has made 16 appearances in all competitions, contributing just one goal and one assist in that time.

Ovie Ejaria

His time in Glasgow was cut short

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His time in Glasgow was cut short

Ejaria was taken from Liverpool by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side but the loan was cut short in January after he made 14 league appearances for the Glasgow side.

He was then sent to Championship strugglers, Reading, making three appearances for the Royals.

Ademola Lookman

He has largely featured from the bench

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He has largely featured from the bench

Lookman followed Jadon Sancho’s lead to Germany last season when he signed on loan for RB Leipzig.

The winger returned to Everton for this season and has made 17 appearances in all competitions and has scored once with a further two assists to his name.

Forwards

Harry Chapman

Chapman seen in action for Blackburn

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Chapman seen in action for Blackburn

Chapman had been at Middlesbrough since he was a youngster, the now 21-year-old recently signed for Blackburn

The winger hasn’t set the world alight since his move, with only 167 minutes of first team experience since the January transfer.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke in action against his former club

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Solanke in action against his former club

One of the names we were expecting so much more from.

Solanke left Chelsea to find some game time at Liverpool but he has since been offloaded to Bournemouth.

He has just the two Premier League appearances for Bournemouth since his January move as he is third choice behind Josh King and Callum Wilson.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

A visual reminder not to get ahead of yourself

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A visual reminder not to get ahead of yourself

Calvert-Lewin, along with Cook, is arguably the player with the most amount of top-level experience from the squad.

The 21-year-old is a regular started for Everton, he has six goals in 24 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

Adam Armstong

Armstrong could hit double figures this season

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Armstrong could hit double figures this season

Armstrong was sold from Newcastle to Blackburn Rovers for £1.5million over the summer.

The forward has impressed for Rovers so far this season with eight goals and five assists to his name in all competitions.

Paul Pogba won the U20 World Cup with France in 2013

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Paul Pogba won the U20 World Cup with France in 2013

But how far can these youngster go?

Should we be reserving seats to Qatar for any of these players just yet?

Well, the France winning side from 2013 had some recognisable names and four players which made it to the 2018 World Cup.

Paul Pogba, Florian Thauvin, Samuel Umtiti and Alphonse Areola all made left Russia with gold around their necks.

Which of the England players do you expect to see on the plane?


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