10 Young Players Who Could Help England Win World Cup 2022
These young lions are getting ready to roar.
It's been a whirlwind World Cup for England and their fans. Heading into the tournament, few people could have predicted that the Three Lions would make it all the way to the semi-finals, uniting the country and inspiring millions of people in ways that past teams had failed to do on so many occasions.
England couldn't quite go all the way, losing out to Croatia in the semi-final and settling for 4th place after the play-off with Belgium, but finishing as one of the best four teams at a World Cup is a huge achievement any way you look at it, and the team and manager should all be very proud of what they've accomplished.
Now, with the World Cup winding down and England players heading home to their various clubs, ready for the next domestic season, it's natural for fans to start thinking about the future. By the time the next World Cup comes around, some of the players will be well into their thirties and Gareth Southgate will already be looking at adding some fresh blood to his ranks.
A lot can happen in four years, and there are plenty of young players out there who could make the step up and break into the England squad, helping the Three Lions finally end all those years of hurt in 2022.
10. Rhian Brewster
He might not have made a professional appearance for Liverpool just yet, but Rhian Brewster is already being tipped as a star of the future. The 18-year-old striker was part of the squad that won the U-17 World Cup just last year, earning the Golden Boot award in the process after netting eight times in the tournament, including successive hat-tricks in the quarters and semis.
It was recently reported that Brewster had been offered a five-year deal to remain at Anfield but has been considering his options after being courted by European giants Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. There's a lot of interest in the youngster and it's easy to see why.
Plenty of players perform great at U18 levels and fail to live up to that hype in later years, but Brewster seems like the real deal. At ease on the ball, capable of striking from range or dribbling into the box, his skillset could be compared to that of young French forward Kylian Mbappé, and if Brewster can start getting more game time in the next couple of years, a breakthrough into the senior England squad could become a real possibility.