7 England wonderkids set to shine at U19 Euros as Man Utd talents overlooked
England will take a 21-man squad to Slovenia for the European Under-19 Championship, but no player will represent Manchester United in the Young Lions squad.
England have often relied on the Premier League’s Big Six to develop some of the world’s most talented youngsters, and Manchester United figure prominently in this regard.
But as the Under-19s prepare for their European Championship opener against Austria on Sunday, no player will represent Red Devis United in Slovakia. Head coach Ian Foster has named a 21-man squad for the tournament with more than half of the players coming from clubs that finished in the top six last season, but the England boss opted not to select any players among the winners of the FA Youth Cup.
Chelsea and Liverpool have provided three players, Manchester City and Tottenham two, and Arsenal have one player in the squad. Ahead of their first match of a three-legged group stage against Austria on Sunday night at the Banska Bystrica stadium, club scouts from across Europe will be watching with a keen eye to see the latest talents emerge from the ranks.
Football Mirror gives you the details on the seven players who could shine for England’s youth side this summer.
It looks like the Brentford stopper is first choice in Foster’s eyes after starting his last two matches ahead of equally talented Chelsea keeper Teddy Sharman-Lowe and Liverpool’s Harvey Davies.
After starting his youth career with Chelsea, Cox joined Brentford’s B team from AFC Wimbledon in July last year and caught the eye with some impressive performances in goal.
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Arsenal fans are raving about Norton-Cuffy and for good reason, with the teenager backed to become the latest Hale End graduate to get the rating at the Emirates.
The 18-year-old shone during a loan spell at Ligue 1 side Lincoln City and could move up to the Championship next season.
Currently on the books at Liverpool, Quansah has already made the Premier League squad after being selected by Jurgen Klopp for the trip to Tottenham in December.
The 19-year-old centre-back is blessed with an electric pace and always looks very comfortable when carrying the ball. These two attributes make him a key pillar in England’s solid backline and an impressive display could earn him more attention from Klopp next season.
Having already broken the record for Tottenham’s youngest player after scoring against Marine in the FA Cup, big things are expected from midfielder Devine.
The 17-year-old, bought for £300,000 from Wigan, is a smart passer and with seven U19 caps he’s been counted on to provide opportunities for Spurs team-mate Dane Scarlett.
The Chelsea youngster captained England in the 2-0 win over Portugal last time out and will be looking to lead by example in Slovenia.
The left-footed striker can play anywhere in the front three or behind the striker and he will be a key figure in helping England unlock defences.
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One of the few players in the team with top-flight experience, 17-year-old Bynoe-Gittens recently followed in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham in making his Borussia Dortmund debut.
In their final game of the season, Bynoe-Gittens’ clever pass led Erling Harland to bundle the ball down the line, showcasing his creative ability. Expect him to be one of the contenders for player of the tournament.
There are high hopes for Tottenham youngster Scarlett, who should gain some minutes as Harry Kane’s assistant next season.
The 18-year-old recently signed a long-term contract with Spurs and showed his prowess in front of goal with a brace in the win over Portugal. He will lead the line for England at this tournament and will be one to watch for the Golden Boot.