What next for England’s U17 World Cup winners? Each player's club chances rated
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Curtis Anderson (Man City)
The Cheshire-born keeper caught the eye with his maniacal performance in the last-16 penalty shootout win over Japan as he saved, scored and goaded en route to victory.
Despite keeping six clean sheets in 13 tournament games this year, Anderson mainly featured as an understudy for City’s U18s before departing for India, so will return to Manchester with a first aim of establishing himself as No.1 with the Etihad youngsters.
Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)
Only two of the 14 players who featured in the final for England have played more than five minutes of senior competitive football at club level and, unsurprisingly, both represent Championship sides.
While twin brother Ryan Sessegnon has established himself as a regular at Craven Cottage, Steven’s trajectory has been less steep but no less encouraging. After forcing his way into England manager Steve Cooper’s first XI at the tournament and assisting two goals in the final, the full-back could soon be knocking on the door of Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, whose side have struggled to maintain their promotion ambitions.
Marc Guehi (Chelsea)
An ever-present in India, Guehi and his Chelsea U18 team-mates have made lifting trophies a regular habit in 2017. However, the defender’s pathway to the first team at Stamford Bridge remains a long and obstacle-filled one; he still awaits his U23s debut and is probably 18 months away from a maiden loan move.
Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea)
Still only 16, the left-back has long been admired at the FA but is yet to make a consistent impression for the Blues – albeit only three months into his first year as a scholar. His athleticism and composure in possession will stand him in good stead, but there’s still plenty of work to do before he's able to stand out from the crowd of impressive young Englishmen at Stamford Bridge.
Joel Latibeaudiere (Man City)
One of England’s best performers at the tournament, Latibeaudiere has captained City’s PL2 side this term and was voted their Academy Player of the Year last season – evidence of the 17-year-old’s positive development in the north-west.
While Pep Guardiola’s table-topping side might seem a daunting one for any teenager to break into, central defence is perhaps one area that could be targeted – though expect Latibeaudiere to spend some time on loan first.
George McEachran (Chelsea)
He may be the same age now as when older brother Josh made his first-team debut for the Blues in 2010, but 17-year-old George McEachran remains some way off competing with N’Golo Kante or Tiemoue Bakayoko for a place in Antonio Conte’s midfield. His slight build and metronomic control of games may be better suited to European football than the Premier League, so a temporary spell with Vitesse could actually work well once he’s mastered U23s football with the Blues.
Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham)
If any of these World Cup winners could handpick a manager to develop under over the coming years, Mauricio Pochettino would be high on the list. The Argentine has done more for developing young English talent than most during his five years at Southampton then Tottenham, so Oakley-Boothe is in a good place at Spurs. He'll have to bypass Harry Winks and Josh Onomah in the queue for midfield opportunities first, though.