The most exciting youngsters you need to know at the Women's World Cup

Isaak Bowers introduces a clutch of developing stars hoping to make their mark in Canada...

The World Cup: a time for celebrating football every day, knockout excitement... and going mental about the next generation of stars.

It's often the case that good tournaments can earn players big moves, and while that might not translate so freely to the women's game, the world's biggest clubs are always on the hunt for the stars of tomorrow who can get stuff done today. Here's 11 players aged 23 and under who could turn heads...

Morgan Brian (22, USA)

If you've followed any of the last World Cups, you'll probably recognise the core of USA’s team this time around: 33-year-old Hope Solo is still in goal; 39-year-old Christie Rampone will shore up the defence and 34-year old Abby Wambach will lead the attack. One new face you should watch out for, though, is Morgan Brian. The Houston Dash midfielder is the youngest player in the squad at 22, but already has 29 appearances and four goals to her name – all while combining her international career with studying at university the last four years, only playing for her college side. With good technique, speed, attitude and awareness, Brian impresses with the maturity and effectiveness of her game. Her youthful dynamism from midfield could be the decisive factor for an ageing USA to go all the way this summer. 

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