Top 20 Young English Players Under 20
A list of the 20 best young English players under and including the age of 20. From Arsenal in the Premier League to Leeds in League One, there are some excellent young English prospects and here is proof.
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One of the big criticisms of English football today is that there are not enough good quality young English players. This however should not be taken for face value and there are some excellent prospects out there. To prove it, here is my choice of the 20 best young English players under and including the age of 20.
The cut off point for age in this list is 1st April 2009, and it is based on current ability AND potential. Some players have been included despite a lack of first team football, however their potential is such that they deserve a place. On the other hand, some other players have been chosen despite perhaps having less potential than players not included, because they have established themselves into first teams.
20. Ryan Bertrand
Date Of Birth: 05/08/1989
Bertrand is a fast attacking left back on loan at Norwich from Chelsea. He originally signed for Chelsea from Gillingham for £125,000 in 2005. Bertrand has over 50 senior appearances to his name, pretty good for a 19 year old. He’s a first team regular for Norwich in the Championship and has 1 U21 cap, 10 U19 caps and 2 U17 caps to his name meaning he’s done the youth international rounds. Bertrand has also had successful loan spells at Bournemouth and Oldham, and reserves hopes that he can break into Chelsea’s first team. Currently only 19, Bertrand is thought to have a big future in the game.
19. Scott Sinclair
Date Of Birth: 25/03/1989
This winger/striker has played in the first teams of seven different clubs despite only being 19. He joined Bristol Rovers’ youth system at the age of 9 and made his first team debut at the age of 15 against Leyton Orient. Chelsea then spotted and signed him in 2005, with the fee being set at at £200,000 with future clauses by a tribunal. He then spent the next three seasons on loan at five different Championship clubs including Plymouth, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace and Birmingham. He’s also made five first team starts for Chelsea.
Sinclair is another player that’s done the international youth rounds with 5 U17 caps, 4 U18 caps and 5 U19 caps. He’s a player who’s often praised for his speed and skill and is considered by some as a top future prospect for Chelsea.