Despite all the furor and fanfare surrounding England’s soccer team in the midst of Euro 2020 and the World Cup in Russia three years ago, 2017 will be the year the next generation of national talent will burst into the middle. of world attention.
First, the U-20s were crowned world champions, then the U-17s broke into an exciting triumph in India. Six of the U-20s have since graduated to the senior international team, and now that number is five for the U-17s after Emile Smith Rowe and Conor Gallagher were chosen by Gareth Southgate this week.
Phil Foden, who won the Player of the Tournament award in 2017, is a star for Manchester City and the senior team today, with Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi also winning three internationals since 2019, although he has caused controversy in the past. last months when rejecting the call. -uppressions to the Under-21s.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho became a star for Borussia Dortmund, although he has been through a difficult streak since his failure in the final penalty shootout at Euro 2020 and his £ 73 million transfer to Manchester United.
However, the question arises: what are the rest of them doing? After all, glory at such a young age can be both a blessing and a curse.
Conor Gallagher and Emile Smith Rowe made their senior debut in England last week
That means that five of the 2017 England Under-17 winners, who won the World Cup in India (pictured), have now made their senior team debuts.
Four years later, the most striking turn of events comes with No. 1, Curtis Anderson, who was in Manchester City’s youth system at the time.
A hero in the knockout penalty shootout win against Japan, and goalkeeper for all but one game, Anderson has suffered a downfall in the leagues.
Without making a senior appearance, Anderson made a surprising move to second-tier North American side Charlotte Independence in March 2019, where he practiced his trade for just five months before their contract was mutually terminated.
After an alternate move to Wycombe Wanderers in 2020, Anderson has been on loan to Walton Casuals’ South Side Premier League South Division, seventh tier English soccer, and National League South Eastbourne Borough club by a short time this season.
Curtis Anderson was England’s No.1 in 2017, but is now the fourth choice at Wycombe
After just five appearances, including an own goal against Dulwich Hamlet, the 21-year-old is now back at Wycombe, where he is goalkeeper No. 4.
Fascinatingly, the other two goalkeepers on that England U17 team appear to be carving out EFL careers. Josef Bursik is now No. 1 Stoke (and England’s No. 1 Under-21 for that matter) after six previous assignments, while Billy Crelin is at Fleetwood after a loan to teams like FC United of Manchester.
Other interesting developments involve those who do business abroad, most notably perhaps that of Danny Charger at FC Porto.
A surprise buy from Reading in 2020, the forward has featured primarily for Team B. However, in his first-team debut last month, as a late substitute against Boavista, he scored in injury time, a moment that it will surely endure in memory.
Danny Loader (left) celebrates after scoring on his Porto debut against Boavista last month
Jonathan Panzo, a defense that began in the final victory against Spain, is also developing beyond British shores.
After moving to Monaco from Chelsea in 2018, he made three appearances for the principality, joining Dijon from Ligue 1 permanently in 2020, where he is now a regular.
A senior England call-up in the future is not beyond Panzo’s possibilities.
Nor is it for the fellow defender Marc guehi, who was a captain in the subcontinent four years ago. The Crystal Palace defender, and current England Under-21 captain, is currently the most likely to be the next taxi out of the rankings for this group of players.
He joined in the summer for £ 18 million from Chelsea, where he made two solo appearances in 2019, after an impressive season on loan at Swansea.
Marc Guehi has impressed since his £ 18 million move to Crystal Palace and could get a call soon
Phil Foden (left) and Jadon Sancho (right, with Gareth Southgate) have risen to the top, although Sancho’s lack of a penalty in the Euro 2020 final was a heartbreaking setback.
Guehi has been one of the Palace’s bright lights on a team that has started the season brilliantly, to the surprise of many, with Patrick Vieira.
The Frenchman himself recently supported Guehi to make his international debut soon for England, despite being eligible for Côte d’Ivoire as well, saying: ‘He really wants to develop his potential and his work ethic and focus is really good. That’s why I think he has the attributes to be an international player one day ”.
On the other hand, the other three outstanding stars of that core group of 2017 have developed their careers with mixed results.
Angel Gomes He is the third player to play abroad permanently at the moment, following his departure from Manchester United to Lille last year.
After a season on loan at Boavista, he is back at the French club and is a regular with last season’s Ligue 1 champions. Once again, with European football on offer too, there are plenty of opportunities for Gomes to get Southgate’s attention.
Angel Gomes (right), after leaving Manchester United last year, is now a regular at Lille
Morgan Gibbs-White has started this season brilliantly on loan at Sheffield United from the Wolves
Morgan Gibbs-White, who scored in the 2017 final, scored his first Premier League goal for Wolves in May against Brighton, and is now on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship, where he has scored four in 11 games. He will look forward to a regular shot in the near future to prove his worth in the top flight.
Rhian Brewster won the U-17 golden boot in his 2017 World Cup triumph and was expected to follow through with Liverpool.
However, the biggest disappointment, so far, has been that of Rhian Brewster, who scored a hat-trick in the final and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals.
After picking up a Champions League winner’s medal and making four appearances for Liverpool, he moved for £ 23.5 million in October 2020 to Bramall Lane, with Chris Wilder pinning his hopes on the young forward’s scoring prowess at the team level. youth.
But to describe the forward’s time at Sheffield United so far as disappointing would be an understatement. In 30 appearances across all competitions last season, he didn’t find the back of the net once.
With his confidence at an all-time low, he still hasn’t fared much better so far this season, scoring just two goals in 10 games.
However, Brewster has gotten off to a nightmarish start on Bramall Lane, but has time on his side.
There is still time, of course, for Brewster to grow and mature his game. However, the chances of Jurgen Klopp enacting a £ 40m buyback clause before it expires in 2023 are practically nil.
As for the rest, four players – Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Joel Latibeaudiere (Swansea), Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Stoke) and Lewis gibson (Sheffield Wendesday, loan from Everton) – They are currently at clubs in the Championship with varying degrees of playing time and defense. TJ Eyoma is in Lincoln City in League One.
Finally both George McEachran and Nya kirby they are regulars for the under-23 teams at Chelsea and Palace respectively, and need regular first-team football over the next year.
In all, five of 23 have taken their senior international bows at the age of 21, with a sixth potentially on the line at Guehi. Not bad at all, as this generation looks to match their World Cup triumph four years ago at next year’s tournament in Qatar.
Whether in 2022 or beyond, it is crucial that English football capitalize on this special group of young stars.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has caused recent controversy, after taking his full bow to England in 2019