10 Young Players Who Could Help England Win World Cup 2022

9. Dominic Solanke

A few eyebrows were raised last summer when Liverpool decided to snap up Dominic Solanke after his Chelsea contract expired, but those who had been following the young forward's career up until that point weren't surprised.

Capable of playing in various positions around the forward line, Solanke never appeared in the Premier League for Chelsea but was prolific in the club's youth teams and has enjoyed a great fledgling career with the England youth squads too, scoring 11 goals in 14 appearances for the U17s and 10 in 15 for the U20s, winning the 2014 European Championship with the former and the 2017 World Cup with the latter.

During the U20 World Cup last year, Solanke stood out with some fantastic individual performances, scoring four goals over the course of the tournament and winning the Golden Ball in the process. Liverpool boss J├╝rgen Klopp seems to trust him, giving Solanke 21 Premier League appearances last season, and even though he only scored 1 goal, he showed a lot of promise.

Gareth Southgate thinks very highly of Solanke and gave him some minutes in the senior side during a friendly with Brazil last year. Fans can expect to see the 20-year-old appear in an England shirt again over the next few years.


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