Meet the England players who have reached the under-17 World Cup final

Members of the England team celebrate after winning the semifinal football match against Brazil in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium in Kolkata on...

From Barrow, in Cumbria, the goalkeeper began his career as part of Blackpool’s academy before being poached by City.

Curtis Anderson (Manchester City)

Has already earned hero status in India after saving and scoring a penalty as England defeated Japan 5-3 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals. Highly rated by Pep Guardiola, he has spent time training with City’s first-team squad. Only turned 17 at the end of September.

Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)

The twin brother of his club-mate Ryan Sessegnon, the 17-year-old Londoner can operate in either defence or midfield. Much coveted by Everton, he has been described as “the future of Fulham” by his manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, and made his first-team debut in a League Cup win against Wycombe in August when he completed 90 minutes.

Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City)

England’s captain in India, the tall centre-half is poised on the ball. Those who regularly watch City’s youth teams call him “the new Vincent Kompany”. Has emerged stronger from a recent injury lay-off after working on body strength during long hours of rehab in the gym.

Marc Guehi (Chelsea)

Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, he is equally comfortable at centre-half or right-back. An imposing physical presence helped ensure that Guehi was playing for Chelsea under-18s as a 15-year-old but he is also very assured in possession, impressing with the ball at his feet. Part of Chelsea’s FA youth cup-winning side last season.

Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea)

Happy at left-back or centre-half, the Londoner has just turned 17 and has been part of Chelsea’s set-up since the age of nine. An important member of a sizeable Stamford Bridge contingent in India, Panzo captained England at under-16 level and has caught the eye with his ability to pass out from the back.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur)

A central midfielder on the fringe of Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad after catching the manager’s eye during Tottenham’s summer tour of the US. Born in Lambeth, Oakley-Boothe is musically gifted and attended a specialist music school in Islington before opting to concentrate on football. Made his first-team debut in the League Cup against Barnsley last month, replacing Dele Alli in added time. Has also been on the Wembley bench for a Premier League game against Burnley.

George McEachran (Chelsea)

The left-footed younger brother of the former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran, who is at Brentford. As good on the ball as his sibling but more attack-minded and creative, he is best deployed as an old-fashioned inside-forward or modern No10 but can also play on the wings. Chelsea have high hopes that this McEachran – who has signed a professional contract – will fulfil his undoubted talent.

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

A left-footed midfielder from Stockport with an eye for goal, Foden’s progress is being closely monitored by Pep Guardiola, who took him on City’s summer tour of the US. Boasting tight, adhesive control and blessed with the knack of drifting past opponents, he has been at City since the age of nine. At his best when fielded in wide positions. Praised by Glenn Hoddle for his performances in India.

Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

The intelligent, versatile, Stafford-born midfielder has been at Wolves since the age of eight and made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old last January as a substitute in an FA Cup third-round win against Stoke City. Has since made 12 appearances for Wolves, seven in the Championship. Can fill a number of positions including lone striker but best deployed as an attacking midfielder where his stellar movement is shown to full advantage.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)

The attacking midfielder – who is not 17 until next month – has always been ahead of his year group. Like Guehi, played for Chelsea under-18s as a 15-year-old. Joined the Stamford Bridge ranks at the age of eight and is also eligible to play for Ghana.

Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)

The striker scored a hat-trick as England overcame USA in the quarter-final and followed that with another treble to defeat Brazil in the semi-final. A Londoner, Brewster started out at Chelsea, switching to Liverpool at 15, and there are calls for Jürgen Klopp to promote him from the under-23s. Scored a spectacular free-kick against Mexico in this tournament. Brewster is right-footed and can play as an out-and-out striker or a No10. Made Klopp’s bench for a defeat against Crystal Palace last April.

Others who have been involved

Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

The goalkeeper is the first player to have represented England while on Fleetwood’s books. Recently signed a professional contract with the League One club.

Lewis Gibson (Everton)

The left-sided defender with an appetite for the physical side of the game made headlines when Everton lured him from Newcastle’s academy for £6m this summer.

Angel Gomes (Manchester United)

The attacking midfielder is one of the most highly rated talents emerging from the Old Trafford academy. His first-team debut came at the age of 16 last May, when Gomes replaced Wayne Rooney against Crystal Palace. That made the Londoner the youngest United senior debutant since Duncan Edwards in 1953.

Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

The midfielder grew up in Epsom, Surrey, among a family of Chelsea fans. Joined the Stamford Bridge set-up at the age of six and has signed a professional contract. Can operate wide or centrally.

Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace)

Right-footed central midfielder who left Tottenham after deciding Palace would offer a faster route towards the first team.

Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)

A speedy winger, happy on either flank, Smith Rowe can also play up front. Excels at dribbling and crossing but heading remains a weakness. Has been at Arsenal since the age of nine.

Danny Loader (Reading)

A prolific striker at junior levels for Reading, he made his senior debut in the League Cup against Millwall in August, shortly before his 17th birthday. Happiest deployed centrally but can also play wide.

Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham)

Also eligible to represent Nigeria the right-back – recently converted from centre-half – has broken into Tottenham’s under-23s. Known as “TJ”.

Josef Bursik (Stoke City)

Goalkeeper who joined Stoke from AFC Wimbledon in the summer. Particularly strong when it comes to footwork, he is especially good with his left foot.

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Forced to leave India early after being recalled by Dortmund, the winger was the subject of an £8m transfer from Manchester City this summer after the German club identified him as Ousmane Dembélé’s replacement. Has made his senior Dortmund debut.

The final kicks off in Kolkata on Saturday at 3.30pm BST

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Louise Taylor, for The Guardian on Wednesday 25th October 2017 15.07 Europe/London

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