Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Top 20 Under-20

With England's present not looking particularly bright, possibly missing Euro 2008 and the inevitable quarterfinal exit in World Cup 2010, I've made another one of my "Best Of" lists. The following are my Top 20 English players currently 20 years old or younger. These players are the stars of the future and England's hopes for success down the road, especially in Euro 2012 (Poland/Ukraine) and World Cup 2014 (most likely Brazil). I've taken into account both their present abilities and their future potential; players don't have to currently be playing in the Premiership to be eligible, and the club listed is the club they're playing for at this moment, whether it be on loan or permanently.

1. Micah Richards (Manchester City; 19)
2. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham; 20)
3. Theo Walcott (Arsenal; 18)
4. Joe Hart (Manchester City; 20)
5. Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham; 20)
6. Mark Noble (West Ham; 20)
7. Michael Johnson (Manchester City; 19)
8. Fabrice Muamba (Birmingham City; 19)
9. Nedum Onouha (Manchester City; 20)
10. Daniel Sturridge (Manchester City; 18)
11. Scott Sinclair (Chelsea; 18)
12. Nathan Porritt (Middlesbrough; 17)
13. Adam Hammill (Southampton; 19)
14. Paul Anderson (Swansea City; 19)
15. Ben Alnwick (Luton Town; 20)
16. Adam Johnson (Watford; 20)
17. Danny Haynes (Ipswich Town; 19)
18. Tristan Plummer (Bristol City; 17)
19. Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa; 16)
20. Stephen Darby (Liverpool; 19)

Editor's Note: I completely forgot about Lee Cattermole (Middlesbrough; 19) and James Vaughan (Everton; 19) to be honest, but they definitely would've been on that list. Cattermole is going to be a solid Premiership midfielder in the future (though probably not for Middlesbrough) and while I'm still not completely sold on Vaughan, he would've made the list as well. Consider this an official editing of sorts; Cattermole slides in at 11th behind Sturridge and Vaughan 12th right behind him and ahead of Scott Sinclair. Unfortunately for Nathan Delfouneso, the youngest player on my original list, and Stephen Darby, they're bumped off my Top 20. As if they really care though, right?

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