England’s European Under-19 champions: A season later…

Date published: Friday 29th June 2018 7:04

GOALKEEPER: Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)
Ended the season on loan at Chesterfield on loan and then returned to Bournemouth to find Artur Boruc had signed a new contract as the Cherries’ back-up goalkeeper. Ouch.

The good news is that he was part of the Toulon tournament-winning England Under-21 squad this summer; the bad news is that he played second fiddle to Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman.


RIGHT-BACK: Dujon Sterling (Chelsea, on loan at Coventry City)
After two appearances for Chelsea in cup competitions last season, the right-back will get a proper taste of senior football on loan at League One side Coventry City. It’s a long way from playing in the UEFA Youth League final against Barcelona (they lost 3-0).


CENTRE-HALF: Darnell Johnson (Leicester City…just about)
Turned down a new contract at Leicester having failed to make any kind of breakthrough last season; Dutch clubs Ajax and NEC Breda are reported to be interested. He did graduate to the England Under-20 side and has so far scored twice in four appearances. Oh and he is the godson of Emile Heskey.


CENTRE-HALF: Easah Suliman (Aston Villa)
Another graduate to the England Under-20s, Suliman has scored twice in six appearances for Keith Downing’s side. Things have not gone so swimmingly at club level, with a loan spell at Grimsby reaping no rewards for either club or player. This is a pivotal season for Suliman, who is out of contract next summer.


LEFT-BACK: Jay DaSilva (Chelsea)
Played a whole season for Charlton in League One and was voted the clubs Player of the Year by fans. Next comes a Championship loan, with Derby and Sheffield United said to be interested. DaSilva’s brilliant year ended with victory at the Toulon tournament as the England Under-21s’ starting left wing-back.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is just one of many who have said that DaSilva could be even better than Ashley Cole. Which is high praise indeed.


CENTRAL MIDFIELD: Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town)

Dozzell then started the opening game of Ipswich’s Championship season but suffered a devastating cruciate ligament injury which ruled him of the whole season. “If ever there is a time to suffer a bad injury it’s probably right at the start of the season,” he said recently. He aims to be back for the start of pre-season under new manager Paul Hurst.


CENTRAL MIDFIELD: Tayo Edun (Fulham)
In November he was training with England’s senior squad to make up the numbers but Edun has made only a partial breakthrough at Fulham with two Championship appearances; promotion surely means his chances will be even more limited. Which probably explains why he played a trial game for MLS reserve side Portland Timbers 2 earlier this month.

At international level he has progressed, with several appearances for the England Under-20s as a defensive midfielder.


RIGHT WING: Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester City)
Two loan spells – at FC Twente and Oxford United – gave Buckley-Ricketts some football, but neither loan was anywhere close to a success. The low point was when Oxford United manager Karl Robinson substituted him after just 16 minutes of one goalless clash with Oldham. But he still remains in the England set-up, having become an Under-20 regular.


ATTACKING MIDFIELD: Mason Mount (Chelsea)
A real success story, Mount’s eight goals and nine assists in the Eredivisie with Vitesse could earn him a loan switch to Ajax. Actual Ajax. The other possibility is that he joins Frank Lampard’s Derby on loan. His progression through the England ranks seems inevitable after he was invited to train with Southgate’s England World Cup squad before they went to Russia.


LEFT WING: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
And another success story. Played a full season in Fulham’s first season and will be there again next season in the Premier League. And a full England call will inevitably follow; he is that good. Sessegnon is just 18 but has already played for England’s Under-21s. “He’s clearly got something that is special. It’s about making sure we keep his feet on the ground and not get too excited,” says Aidy ‘Killjoy’ Boothroyd. The exciting thing for Fulham is that right now, he wants to stay.


STRIKER: Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City)
What a year. A Premier League debut for Manchester City, 15 goals in 11 Premier League 2 games, a double in the UEFA Youth League semi-final against Barcelona and a Toulon tournament victory with England’s Under-21s, though he did only feature in the final from the substitutes’ bench. Next season could bring a loan spell at Leeds, with Pep Guardiola reportedly keen to help out Marcelo Bielsa.

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