From non-league to Man Utd and the Champions League, here’s how England’s U17 World Cup winners are faring now.
THEY WERE THE NEXT GOLDEN GENERATION’S YOUNG LIONS, READY TO BREAKTHROUGH.
On October 28, 2017, Steve Cooper guided England’s under-17 team to victory at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup.
It’s been nearly four years since the gifted teenagers reached that milestone, and several have gone on to larger and better things since then.
Following the victory, head coach Cooper moved into club management with Swansea, where he suffered Championship play-off pain twice.
He is now in command of Nottingham Forest, and the Tricky Trees are currently undergoing a dramatic transformation in form.
Despite Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho’s victories, not every member of his triumphant team has developed as predicted.
While some struggle to make the first team, others have dropped out of the Football League entirely.
After that historic win, we take a look at which players have created a name for themselves and which are yet to do so:
Anderson was India’s No. 1 goalkeeper, and his penalty shoot-out heroics against Japan in the last-16 helped the Young Lions to triumph.
In 2019, he left Manchester City’s academy to join Charlotte Independence of the American second division, where he played ten league games.
The goalkeeper returned to the United Kingdom with Wycombe Wanderers, however he did not play in the league for them and was instead loaned out to non-league Walton Casuals last season.
He is presently on loan with National League South side Eastbourne Borough, where he is gaining additional experience.
After winning the World Cup with England, the teenager was sent out to obtain first-team experience and was always seen as a long-term replacement to Jack Butland at Stoke.
Bursik played non-league football for Hednesford Town and AFC Telford United before moving to the Football League with Accrington Stanley, Doncaster Rovers, Peterborough United, and Lincoln City.
He started the season as Stoke’s No. 1 and has appeared in 21 Championship games for the Potters.
Crellin’s loan to FC United of Manchester was cut short by Fleetwood manager Joey Barton after the National League North club won only one of ten games with the young adolescent in 2018.
When he was just 19, Barton called up the ace, who had just made one appearance for England in India, and given him a first-team start in the EFL Trophy.
He returned to non-league Chorley on loan before playing 11 times for Bolton in League Two last season.
For Fleetwood, the youngster has made five league appearances.
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