Europe's top 40 youngsters: Chelsea 2, Arsenal 0, Manchester United 1

Viktor Fischer

A list put together by an Italian website of Europe's top 40 youngsters contains a surprise snub for Arsenal, while Chelsea and Manchester United fare only slightly better.

Don't tell Roy Hodgson or FA chairman Greg Dyke, but English players have been handed an embarrassing snub in a list of the top 40 youngsters in European football.

The list, drawn up by Italian website Tuttomercatoweb contains players from Denmark, Serbia, and Croatia, but not a single one currently eligible for the Three Lions.

The Premier League as whole is almost entirely overlooked, with players from France's Ligue 1, Portugal's Primeira Liga and even Belgium's Jupiler Pro League more likely to be featured. Players aged 20 and under were considered.

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There are just three players from England's top flight who are featured, with Chelsea the most prominent side, owning two of them.

The two players owned by the west London club are Dutch youth international Nathan Ake, who featured in last season's Europa League semi-finals. Also named is Thorgan Hazard, who is listed in the graphic below as a Zulte Waregem player, the Belgian club where he is spending his second season in succession.

Chelsea would perhaps feel as if Lucas Piazon in particular is one of their youngsters unfairly overlooked.

Manchester United provide the third Premier League representative, man of the moment Adnan Januzaj.

There are no places for any other players registered to clubs in England, with Arsenal snubbed contentiously. 21-year-old Jack Wilshere does not feature as he is too old, Serge Gnabry, Gedion Zelalem or Chuba Akpom are unmentioned, a trifecta of players who would grace any youth set up in the world.

Notable players based around Europe who do feature include Ajax's Viktor Fischer (pictured), Real Madrid's Raphael Varane, Jese Rodriguez, and Juventus' Paul Pogba.

Several in the list have been linked with coming to the Premier League. Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Geoffrey Kondogbia were both linked with Arsenal this summer, while Alen Halilovic was said to be close to a switch to Tottenham Hotspur. Julian Draxler of Schalke has been linked to just about everyone.

Lazar Markovic, strongly linked to Chelsea, is included, along with Junior Malanda, at one point tipped for Everton or Fulham. Another notable name is Jordan Lukaku, brother of Chelsea ace Romelu.

It's an interesting, if flawed list, but perhaps tells us that the rest of Europe - or Italy at least- simply does not buy into the Premier League hype.

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