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Meet the Swedes - Two Chelsea starlets looking for Under-17 World Cup glory

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Chelsea youngsters Isak Ssewankambo and Ali Suljic are two of the four Premier League players currently in the United Arab Emirates.

The FIFA Under-17 World Cup is currently under way in the United Arab Emirates, and the tournament that has previously unearthed gems such as Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and Landon Donovan is sure to discover a few more for teams from the Premier League and around the globe to purr over.

In fact, in some cases, that is already the case.

There are four players playing at the tournament currently signed up to Premier League teams, and we are bringing you a little bit on each player you need to know about while the competition gets under way.

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And we are going to start with Sweden, and the two Chelsea boys currently out in the UAE fighting hard for the Scandinavian side - Isak Ssewenkambo and Ali Suljic.

Let’s start with the former, Ssewenkambo arrived at Chelsea in 2012 from Swedish outfit Angereds - the same team that had produced fellow Chelsea youth teamers Amin Affane and Anjur Osmanovic.

Obviously, as you can tell by his distinctly un-Swedish sounding name, he does have heritage from elsewhere. His family is originally from The Gambia, but Isak was born in Sweden.

A combative midfielder, who is also capable of playing in the heart of defence, he played 25 times last season across under-18, NextGen and under-21 level.

At international level he has been an ever present for the side, with caps at under-15, 16 and 17 levels - helping his side to the semi-final of the European Under-17 Championship.

Suljic is slightly different, in that he has not been at the club for quite so long. The Blues confirmed a deal to sign him from Motola AIF in January this year, but he only officially becomes a Chelsea player after the tournament. That being said Suljic, who rejected Arsenal to join The Blues, has been traveling to London once a month to train with the club for a week since the start of the year.

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Described as the best defender to come out of Sweden since Olof Mellberg, this modern style central defender is certainly one to keep your eyes on this season.

How are they both getting on in the tournament? Well pretty well actually … they were both in action against Iraq in match-day one - with Suljic even adding a late fourth in a 4-1 triumph.

They then faced one of the pre-tournament favourites in Nigeria - and held their own with a 3-3 draw against the African powerhouses.

They look good to qualify for the next round, with Mexico standing in their way tomorrow - so keep an eye out to see if these two Chelsea stars can make it stick against the Central Americans tomorrow.

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