The Liverpool And Manchester United Young Guns That Can Add More Strength To Gareth Southgate's England Squad In The Future
Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi have propelled themselves into the limelight over the last couple of seasons, and both sparkled for England during their 5-0 annihilation of Czech Republic at Wembley last night in a winning start to the Three Lions' 2020 European Championship qualification campaign.
Sancho, in particular, has be the standout young star this season, and as well as blossoming under Gareth Southgate's stewardship he has become a revelation in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and is fast-becoming one of the stars of the German top-flight.
Hudson-Odoi has often been in the headlines for his failure to break into Chelsea's starting line-up at no fault of his own, but he showed last night with a brilliant cameo from off the bench that he is a force to be reckoned with when the ball is at his feet, and he will be hoping that Maurizio Sarri is willing to give him more game time in the final couple of months of the season.
While that brace of stars have become well-known names, there's also Manchester City's Phil Foden, who is improving with every game he plays for the reigning Premier League champions, and while he is yet to be named in Southgate's international squad, a call-up is not far away.
Now, all three of those stars were members of the England U17 World Cup winning squad, which claimed the trophy in India in 2017, but as they start to filter through the system into first-team football there are still a brace of talents ready to bolster Southgate's burgeoning resources.
We pick out two players from monster English clubs that can work their way into their club sides and then progress to the international arena.
Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
With eight goals during the U17 World Cup win two years ago, Rhian Brewster soared to the Golden Boot, but since then his career has been forced to take a brief interlude as injury has kept him out of pushing for a place in the Liverpool first-team matchday squad. Given a bumper contract by the Reds, Brewster's injury has hindered his progression, but if he can get fully fit then he can become a future striking star.
Clinical, when on song, Brewster will find it tough to challenge the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, but with Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge the only other striking options then once he is fit then he could launch past them and become Liverpool's number one standby striker. He will have some catching up to do when comparing him to some of his former U17 teammates, but providing Jurgen Klopp can ease him into first-team football, and potentially send him out on loan for experience, then he could be come a future international.
Angel Gomes (Manchester United)
The first ever player to be born in the 2000s to make a Premier League appearance, Angel Gomes burst on to the scene at the end of the 2016/17 campaign when he made his Manchester United debut on the last day of the season replacing none other than England's highest goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
He has only made three appearance for the Red Devils, all from the subs' bench, but with Jose Mourinho's exit from Old Trafford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival, that could prove ideal for Gomes as Solskjaer enjoys blooding the youthful talent, and Gomes can become a future England star, and add yet more depth to an exciting squad jam-packed with teenage talent.
Emile Smith Rowe