Arsenal’s youngest-ever debutant, the latest member of a Leeds dynasty, and Southampton’s viral starlet: Meet the Lion cubs aiming for an Under 17s Euro hat-trick
- England will play France in their quater-final match-up at the Euros in Hungary
- Side sealed wins against Croatia and Netherlands, and drew with Switzerland
- Squad will look to repeat the triumphs of 2010 and 2014 in the competition
England have history in the Under 17s European Championship and will continue their pursuit of more glory when they face France today.
Three more wins for Ryan Garry’s side and they will repeat the triumphs of 2010 and 2014.
Both teams contained future internationals — as did the Class of 2017, who finished runners-up at the Euros before going on to win the World Cup later that year in India. England were also runners-up in 2007.
Here’s who we fancy to follow in their footsteps among the current crop.
Tommy Setford – goalkeeper (Ajax)
The younger of two goalkeepers from the Setford family with his older brother Charlie also on Ajax’s books.
Tommy Setford and his brother Charlie are both goalkeepers within Ajax’s youth ranks
With an English dad and Dutch mother both have represented both countries at youth level. Tommy looks set to stick with England and there are high hopes for him with club and country.
Myles Lewis-Skelly – midfielder (Arsenal)
A midfielder who is also capable at full back, Lewis-Skelly is generating a buzz in Arsenal’s academy setup. He was a key part of Jack Wilshere’s side who reached the FA Youth Cup final.
Made his Under 18s debut at 14 and has trained with the first team, playing too in their mid-season training camp against Lyon. An all-round talent who is no stranger to a driving run through the heart of opponents. Netted against the Netherlands.
Myles Lewis-Skelly was part of the U18 side that made it to the final of this year’s FA Youth Cup
Ethan Nwaneri – midfielder (Arsenal)
Became more of a familiar name after his historic debut for Arsenal at Brentford this season, one that made him the Premier League’s youngest ever player.
A versatile talent who is primarily an attacking midfielder but comfortable in numerous forward positions. Some well-placed observers feel he could be one of Arsenal’s best ever products though there is a battle to retain him amid interest from their Premier League rivals. Scored England’s first goal of tournament against Croatia.
Brought on against Brentford, Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest Arsenal player to ever play in the top flight
Archie Gray – midfielder (Leeds)
Attacking midfielder who has yet to make his senior debut but already created a stir. Has been a first-team substitute a number of times, including the first occasion when he was just 15. Had he got on, he would have been the Premier League’s youngest ever player.
Archie Gray has been chosen for the Leeds matchday squad a few times but not yet debuted
Has Leeds in his blood with three relatives including dad Andy and his great uncle, Whites legend Eddie, playing for Leeds and Scotland – but unlike them Archie has opted to represent England.
Tyler Dibling – forward (Southampton)
Went viral after scoring a hat-trick of identical goals for Southampton’s second string against Newcastle. That helped earn him a move to Chelsea but Dibling did not settle and quickly returned to the Saints where he is one of the biggest hopes in their academy.
Relegation might boost his chances of first-team football next season. He has made the first-team bench once.
Southampton’s relegation could help Tyler Dibling win promotion to the first team next season
A resounding 4-1 victory against the Netherlands helped send Ryan Garry’s side through to the quarter-finals
The U17 side will look to emulate the achivements of Conor Coady (lifting the trophy) and his 2010 cohort to complete an English hat-trick
How previous generations have fared at the U17s Euros
The 2007 group reached the final where they lost against Spain. The team did produce some future England internationals in Danny Welbeck and Danny Rose.
Conor Wickham and Andre Wisdom scored in the win over Spain in the final. Sam Johnstone, Conor Coady, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jack Butland and Ross Barkley won full caps.
England beat the Netherlands on penalties in the final after Dominic Solanke scored in normal time. He was one of three to win a senior cap, with Joe Gomez and Lewis Cook.
This group lost the final to Spain but some big names were part of it – Marc Guehi, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Emile Smith Rowe have won senior caps.
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