3 England U21 starlets who could make it to the 2022 FIFA World Cup including Leeds and Newcastle youngsters

It flew under the radar a little with the World Cup coming up but the England Under-21s won their third successive Toulon Tournament on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 in the final.

The Young Lions are currently on a roll as in the last 13 months, they have won silverware at Under-17, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level.

But who are these English youngsters taking the international scene by storm? Here are three players from England’s Under-21 squad who might be able to succeed in the Premier League and be a part of the nation’s senior team for the next World Cup in 2022.

Freddie Woodman

Woodman has been the No.1 goalkeeper at every age group of his country and the Toulon Trophy was his second piece of international silverware in the last 12 months.

He also made his first-team debut for Newcastle last season, and Magpies boss Rafa Benitez believes he is the future goalkeeper of the club. But it is likely that he will go out on loan in the summer to continue his development.

And if his progression continues at the same rate then it is likely he will go to the next World Cup as one of England’s three custodians.

Ronaldo Vieira

It’s a good job that he turned out to be a professional footballer with a name like this. He had a breakthrough season in the Championship with Leeds United.

The 19-year-old, who finished the season as a mainstay in the centre of the park for the Whites, put in several excellent performances in the 2017/18 campaign.

He is expected to continue his progression at Leeds next season and he possesses the qualities to be a part of England’s World Cup squad four years later.

Tammy Abraham

Abraham was England’s joint top scorer in the Toulon Tournament with two goals. The Chelsea youngster spent the last season on loan at Swansea City.

He didn’t exactly have a great campaign with the Welsh outfit, managing just five goals in the Premier League as the Swans suffered relegation. He could look to go out on loan once again in the summer in search of regular game time.

He has all the attributes to become a top-quality striker, but he needs to play regularly if he is to realise his true potential.

Written by Joe Mills

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