As Morgan Gibbs-White makes Premier League debut, how are England's other U17s World Cup winners progressing?

The Telegraph


Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo's bold decision to hand Morgan Gibbs-White his full Premier League debut last night against Chelsea paid off handsomely.

The 18-year-old flourished in a false 9 as Wolves handed Maurizio Sarri his second defeat in three league matches as Chelsea manager.

Sam Wallace, who was at Molineux last night, wrote that the teenager "gave Wolves a directness and unpredictability in attack where he was given license to run from deep with the ball".

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In just over a year, Gibbs-White has progressed from an England U17s World Cup winner to one of Wolves' most exciting talents.

“He [Gibbs-White] is one of the best generations of English players in a long time," Nuno said last night. "You have Phil Foden, he’s a world champion too. He [Gibbs-White] is not an example, he’s the reality – of the fantastic job the national team of England are doing. It is amazing what they are producing.”

<span>Morgan Gibbs-White impressed against Chelsea last night</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Morgan Gibbs-White impressed against Chelsea last night Credit: Getty Images

As Gibbs-White starts to make a name for himself, how are the rest of England's U17s World Cup heroes faring? We look at the starting line-up which defeated Spain in the final last October.

Curtis Anderson - Manchester City

Remains down the pecking order at the Etihad behind third-choice keeper Daniel Grimshaw and Aro Muric, who was recalled from his loan spell at NAC Breda to cover for the injured Claudio Bravo.

Anderson has two more years to run on his contract and has had a couple of run-outs this season for City in the U19 Uefa Youth League. 

Steven Sessegnon - Fulham 

When your twin brother Ryan Sessegnon is taking the Premier League in his stride, it must be a bitter-sweet feeling for Steven watching in the wings.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves, the Sessegnons are still only 18, and Steven has already collected two first-term appearances in the League Cup this season, the same total he amassed last term.

<span>Steven Sessegnon has featured in the League Cup twice for Fulham this season</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Steven Sessegnon has featured in the League Cup twice for Fulham this season Credit: Getty Images

Marc Guehi - Chelsea

With three full games and a substitutes' appearance under his belt in the EFL Trophy to date, the World Cup winning captain has adapted well to the next step up from U18s level to U23s.

The defender has been with Chelsea since childhood but is still waiting for his first-team bow.

Joel Latibeaudiere - Manchester City 

Yet to make his first-team debut, the defender considered leaving City this summer fearing a lack of opportunities.

With a contract-wrangle behind him and a new deal agreed until 2020, Latibeaudiere's chances have again been limited to five appearances.

Jonathan Panzo - Monaco

Followed the Jancho Sando model by heading overseas in search of first-team opportunites - even though he won five trophies in his final season at Chelsea, including the club's fifth successive FA Youth Cup trophy.

With no buyback option available to Chelsea - such clauses are against French FA regulations - Chelsea will hope it's not a case of 'the one who got away' in a few seasons time.

George McEachran - Chelsea

The younger brother of Josh will be out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer. The left-footed midfielder, who has been at Chelsea since the age of eight, has been a regular for the U23s and scored once in the 4-1 win at City in October.

With seven other appearances in the EFL Trophy and Uefa Youth League, McEachran is getting match time outside the first-team.

Tashan Oakley-Booth - Tottenham

Another midfielder gaining experience from playing in the U23s competition, where he has shown his versatility playing in a number of positions. 

The 18-year-old is a mature figure in the heart of Spurs' second-string side and was linked with a loan switch to Leeds this summer. 

<span>Marc Guehi of Chelsea battles for the ball with Tashan Oakley-Boothe</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Marc Guehi of Chelsea battles for the ball with Tashan Oakley-Boothe Credit: Getty Images

Phil Foden - Man City

With City fans desperate for Foden to be handed more first-team action, Pep Guardiola has opted for a hand-round-the shoulder approach to the youngster's development.

Yes, the talented midfielder has warmed the bench for over 1,000 minutes this season, but he's also been given a taste of the action with seven league appearances from that warm comfy seat.

Foden's poise and maturity in City's easy Community Shield win over Chelsea showed why he has been described as Stockport's own Andres Iniesta. Borussia Dortmund and PSG have been monitoring his progress and Foden will be well aware of how Sancho's career has taken flight abroad.

<span>Foden has made seven appearances off the bench in the league for City this season</span> <span>Credit: AFP </span>
Foden has made seven appearances off the bench in the league for City this season Credit: AFP

Callum Hudson-Odoi - Chelsea

The 18-year-old marked his first competitive debut for Chelsea with a goal and assist in their Europa League thrashing of PAOK Salonika last week.

It had Willian gushing: “He has the potential. He has talent, he has everything to become in the future one of the best players."

Hudson-Odoi's young career is also at a crossroads as he mulls over whether to sign a new five-year deal at the Bridge or seek first-team action elsewhere.

Bayern Munich are interested, but a loan move in January could be on the cards to promotion-chasing West Brom and Derby in the Championship.

<span>Callum Hudson-Odoi scored on his competitive debut for Chelsea against PAOK </span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Callum Hudson-Odoi scored on his competitive debut for Chelsea against PAOK Credit: Getty Images

Rhian Brewster - Liverpool 

The Golden Boot winner at the U17s World Cup, Brewster's ambitions for a breakthrough season in the Premier League have been derailed by a serious ankle injury.

Brewster had surgery to repair damaged ankle ligaments in January but his recovery has taken longer than anticipated. 

Jurgen Klopp said of his progress this week of there still being "a lot of work to do".

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