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FIFA U17 World Cup: Five players to look out for

As the U17 World Cup approaches, we take a look at five players worth keeping an eye on in Indonesia.

Ethan Nwaneri – England

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Nwaneri is arguably one of the best youth prospects in England, having already been capped at U16 and U17 level for his country.

The midfielder came off the bench in the late stages of Arsenal’s 3-0 away win at Brentford where he became the club’s youngest ever player aged 15 years and 181 days old.

The starlet is enjoying a positive start to the domestic season, scoring five goals, and adding two assists in six appearances in all youth competitions.

Nwaneri and England will be looking to replicate the success of the Young Lions’ 2017 triumph in India.

Paris Brunner – Germany

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The young winger has had a prolific start to the season netting ten times in eight U19 Bundesliga West appearances, as well as notching in the UEFA Youth League.

Brunner was awarded the prestigious U17 Fritz Waltz award back in September, given to the best German player aged 17 or lower.

It is only a matter of time before Brunner is awarded a chance with Borussia Dortmund’s first team and his goalscoring ability has been compared to that of Youssoufa Moukoko.

Pau Prim – Spain

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Having already spent time with Barcelona’s first team, Pau Prim will be hoping to lead by example at the U17 World Cup.

The defensive midfielder has captained his country at this level multiple times now and will be important for Spain.

Barcelona manager Xavi is said to believe Prim is the long-term Sergio Busquets replacement in that holding midfield area, which speaks volumes about the youngster’s ability.

Myles Lewis-Skelly – England

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England have no shortage of talent in the midfield area with Lewis-Skelly and Nwaneri, the pair have climbed the ranks at Arsenal together and have formed a formidable partnership.

The midfielder signed his first professional deal with his boyhood club having recently turned 17.

Lewis-Skelly was pivotal in Arsenal’s run to the FA Youth Cup final last season and could be just as important for the young lions in Indonesia.

Mathis Lambourde – France

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Lambourde has already been compared to the likes of Ousmane Dembele with the two both coming through Stade Rennais’ academy.

The forward made his professional debut in a 2-2 draw against LOSC Lille in Ligue 1 on September 16th, with the youngster being highly regarded in France.

France aims to build on their third-place finish in 2019, and with players like Lambourde in the squad, they will fancy their chances.

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