West Ham and Celtic teenagers named in best Under-18 European XI

West Ham United Gate

Hammers' prodigy Reece Oxford and the Bhoys' Kieran Tierney, along with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, were all selected by Spanish outlet Marca.

Teenagers from West Ham United, Celtic and Liverpool have been chosen by Spanish outlet Marca to make up the majority of the defence in an XI made up of some of the brightest young talents from around Europe.

The Hammers' 17-year-old academy graduate Reece Oxford, who can play at the back or in central midfield, was selected at centre-back in a backline protecting AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Oxford became West Ham's youngest ever player when he was selected by Slaven Bilic to start in a Europa League qualifying round tie against Lusitanos in July, and the teenager has gone on to feature nine times in all competitions for the Irons this season, including starting two Premier League matches.

Alongside Oxford in the centre of defence in the Under-18s XI is Liverpool's Joe Gomez, who joined the Reds from Charlton Athletic for around £3.5 million last summer but has played just seven matches for the side since.

The England Under-21 international started his debut season at Anfield well, but his campaign was cut short after rupturing his cruciate ligament on international duty.

Completing the British contingent in Marca's team is Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, who made his senior debut for the Scottish champions back in April. 

The Scotland Under-19s international has enjoyed a breakthrough season so far during the current campaign, making 20 appearances in all competitions and playing European football for the first time.

Other young stars of European football named in the side include high-profile Tottenham Hotspur target Youri Tielemans, and Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke, who is currently on loan at Dutch side Vitesse.

The full XI can be viewed here.

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