Top 10 exciting names in England under-20 World Cup squad

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Manchester United, Everton, Sporting Lisbon, Newcastle United, Chelsea, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur players feature.

England's under-20 World Cup squad for the upcoming summer tournament in Turkey has been announced, and it read's like a who's who of top prospects in English football.

The full squad includes 23 names, all of who can lay claims to being potential stars of the future. 

Which has made it a real tough task to pick out 10 players to watch, but that's what we have done. We are sure you will have your own views, so let us know who should have made the list.

Here are our top 10...

Tom Thorpe

Manchester United youngster Tom Thorpe could play a key role for the England side this summer. He has established himself as a regular this season at under-21 level, and has captained England's under-19s. More experienced United teammate Michael Keane, who has played on loan with Leicester this season may keep him out of the side, but in terms of potential Thorpe is a more exciting prospect.

Ross Barkley

After a loan spell at Leeds, Everton's Ross Barkley forced his way into the first team this season, particularly impressive in a draw against Arsenal at the Emirates. He has been linked with following David Moyes to Manchester United and can up his price tag with impressive performances over the summer.

Eric Dier

Eric Dier is the odd one out in the squad, the only one of the 23 who does not play his club football in England. He plays for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and has established himself in the first team this season. Dier had a brief loan spell with Everton a season ago, and if fans in England aren't aware of him now they may well be after the summer.

Conor Coady

20-year-old Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady has inevitably been compared to Steven Gerrard, but his game is far more defensive than the England captain. He played 22 games for the under-21s this season, also making a late Premier League sub appearance against Fulham this month and playing in the Europa League away to Anzhi Machachkala.

Larnell Cole

Diminutive Larnell Cole is another bright prospect at Manchester United, who has been with the club even before he was a teenager. He scored a recent hat-trick for the under-21s against Liverpool, and a match-winning double in the 3-2 win over Tottenham in the final of the competition. A man in form, Cole, 20, plays on the right-wing but can also play centrally or even at full-back.

Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard is seen as Tottenham's brightest academy prospect, which says a lot given the strength of Spurs' youth riches. He inspired Spurs to a NextGen Series win away to Barcelona, before heading out on loan to Peterborough in January, a spell ruined by injury. He is now fit again as he showed by scoring in the Premier League under-21 final.

James Ward-Prowse

Southampton handed a debut to James Ward-Prowse upon their Premier League return and he did not look out of place in the 3-2 loss to Manchester City. The 18-year-old made 18 first team appearances for the Saints this season, setting up a goal in the recent 1-1 draw with Sunderland. It is no wonder the central midfielder has had admiring glances from many a Premier League team.

Patrick Bamford

Chelsea snapped up Patrick Bamford from Nottingham Forest 18 months ago after the striker scored five goals in a game in the FA Youth Cup and then four goals a week later. After scoring four in 10 for Chelsea's under-21 side, he was loaned to MK Dons in League One in January, where he scored four goals in 14 games. The tournament in Turkey will be hugely beneficial to his prospects.

Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell is seen as the next big thing on Tyneside after scoring a hat-trick back in August for Newcastle's under-21 side. He scored eight goals for them this season and made appearances for the first team in the Premier League and Europa League, and is distinctive by his ginger hair.

Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond has been impressing this season at Birmingham City, assisting seven goals for his club. The 19-year is a left-winger who has been a regular for England's under-19 side and could well be a transfer target for several Premier League clubs this coming summer.

And here is the squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Jamal Blackman (Chelsea), Sam Johnstone (Man United), George Long (Sheffield United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Jake Bidwell (Everton), Sam Byram (Leeds), Donervorn Daniels (West Brom), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Michael Keane (Man United), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Daniel Potts (West Ham), Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), Jack Robinson (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Tom Thorpe (Man United)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Gael Bigirimana (Newcastle), Jake Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Coady (Liverpool), Larnell Cole (Man United), John Lundstram (Everton), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Brom), Adam Campbell (Newcastle), Max Clayton (Crewe), Rob Hall (West Ham United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Chris Long (Everton), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough)

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