Trinity Rodman, Lauren James and the NXGN wonderkids set to shine at the 2023 Women's World Cup

Lauren James Melchie Dumornay Trinity Rodman splitGetty/GOAL

World Cup tournaments are exciting for so many reasons. There are always shock upsets, surprise packages and twists and turns along the way as we watch on to see who will be crowned champions of the world. But something else that makes these events so great is that there are always promising young players who rise to the occasion and announce themselves on the biggest stage of all.

In Australia and New Zealand this month, there will be a lot of young players on show who have already established themselves in the women's game, be it in one of the top leagues in the world, at another major tournament, or in the Champions League.

But there are plenty of names unknown to the masses who are ready to have a break-out campaign, too, and ensure they are talked about around the world for the next few weeks and beyond.

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Aged 21 and under, GOAL picks out the young players ready to make a real impact at the 2023 Women's World Cup...