The top 10 young English players under 21.
In search of an international title since 1966, the Three Lions see the emergence of a scintillating generation ready to touch the heights. Focus on 10 Crown Jewels, 21 years of age or younger, believed to make the prophecy come true: “Football is coming home”.
10. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)
A side of only 20 years old, Tariq Lamptey is already showing a lot of maturity in his game.
Transferred from Chelsea to Brighton for 3 million euros in 2020, he had a series of good performances with the Seagulls and the selections with England U21 before his injury last December which marked the end of his season. In 2020-21, Tariq Lamptey still played 11 Premier League games, posting 1 goal and 1 assist.
9. Curtis Jones (Liverpool)
Considering the many injuries at Liverpool this season, there was a place to be won for all these young Liverpool players. Curtis Jones didn’t let his chance slip away. The central midfielder has appeared in the colors of the Reds on five occasions in the Champions League.
Very good passer, the 20-year-old Liverpuldien still has 4 goals and 3 assists in 28 appearances in all competitions. Having just recently participated in Euro U21, Jones is still awaiting his summons to team A (we feel that it will not be too long).
8. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
A winger who can play on both sides, Callum Hudson-Odoi has impressed this season. He was also announced at Bayern Munich last summer but it is not since he is fighting today for a place in the very strong workforce of the Blues.
This season, the young English winger compiles 5 goals and 2 assists in 34 games in all competitions.
7. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)
Emile Smith Rowe aka “Croydon De Bruyne” has wowed many Premier League observers this season. The one who wears his low socks à la Müller or even à la Grealish won in Mikel Arteta’s typical team after Arsenal’s victory at Stamford Bridge last December where he was a surprise start.
Since then, and despite some physical glitches, Smith Rowe does not disappoint, or little. In just 26 appearances in all competitions this season, he has 6 assists plus two goals.
6. Reece James (Chelsea)
Valued at 40 million euros by Transfermarkt, Reece James is splashing us with his talent this season. He can be considered one of the very best full-backs in the Premier League.
Strong in defense and very good center, the right defender of the Blues represented England six times. He has also posted 4 assists and 1 goal in all competitions this season.
5. Jude Bellingham (Dortmund)
At just 17 years old, Jude Bellingham is the youngest player in this ranking. Very successful in the Championship with Birmingham last season, the young player joined Dortmund this summer for 23 million euros.
A sum justified by his good and very promising performances since his arrival at BVB. This season, he has 2 goals and 4 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions.
4. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
Holder of the legendary Manchester United number 11, worn in the past by Ryan Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton, Mason Greenwood is already in his third season as a professional at only 19 years old.
Expelled from his selection for non-compliance with health measures, the young player still counts a selection for England. It’s hard to imagine Gareth Southgate going without this nugget much longer. In addition, he has 6 goals and 2 assists in 41 appearances this season.
3. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Nicknamed “little pepper” by his French-speaking teammates, Bukayo Saka never ceases to impress. Protected by the English coach Gareth Southgate because of his versatility (he can evolve as a winger as a side), the player born in 2001 already has 4 selections for the Three Lions.
With his 6 goals and 5 assists in 39 games in all competitions this season, some even consider him to be Arsenal’s best player today.
2. Jadon Sancho (Dortmund)
Trained in Manchester City, Jadon Sancho had to wait to join Borussia Dortmund to show all his talent. At only 21 years old, the attacking midfielder is already showing off as one of the leaders of the BVB.
He also represents his country at the highest level. This season, he is posting crazy stats: 15 goals and 13 assists in 44 games in all competitions.
1. Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Born in 2000, he is undoubtedly the most promising English talent. Pep Guardiola had even said about him: “He is the most talented footballer I have seen in my career as a player or coach.”
Today, the attacking midfielder is almost indisputable holder with his heart club Manchester City, as he struggled to find playing time last season.
Phil Foden now represents the England team and has every chance to meet at Euro this summer. This season, he has 14 goals and 9 assists in 45 appearances in all competitions. Impressive.