From Foden to Sancho, Gomes to Brewster: England's U17 World Cup winners - Where are they now?

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England's Phil Foden won the Golden Ball, while Rhian Brewster won the Golden Boot in India, but how have they and their team-mates fared since?

In October 2017, England were crowned world champions at Under-17 level after beating Spain 5-2 in the final.

Players like Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden were arguably the standout performers of that England U17 team and have since become stars in their own right.

While Foden has already won the Premier League four times with Manchester City and reached the Champions League final in 2021, Sancho became a superstar with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga before returning to the Premier Lague at Manchester United, becoming one of the club's most expensive players in the process.

Here, we take a look at the players who were a part of that historic England squad and what they are up to now.

  1. Billy Crellin - GK
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    Billy Crellin - GK

    Billy Crellin came through the ranks at Fleetwood Town and played for League One and National League clubs like FC United of Manchester, Chorley and Bolton Wanderers.

    Everton snapped him up in January 2022 as they looked to add to their goalkeeping options, although he has yet to make his first-team debut for the Toffees.

    He hasn't represented England since appearing for the Under-20 side back in 2019.

  2. Josef Bursik - GK

    Josef Bursik - GK

    After playing at a number of Championship and League One sides on loan from Stoke City, Josef Bursik eventually returned to his parent club and finally made his Championship debut in November 2020.

    He then went on to become Stoke's first-choice goalkeeper in 2021-22, although injury briefly held back his development. Bursik has since shaken off his injury woes to re-establish himself as the Potters' number-one.

  3. Curtis Anderson - GK

    Curtis Anderson - GK

    After the U17 World Cup in India, Curtis Anderson played for various age-group teams of Manchester City. In 2019, he parted ways with the Sky Blues and joined second-tier American club Charlotte Independence, only to leave the club again months later. 

    He has since represented Wycombe Wanderers, Walton Casuals, Eastbourne Borough and finally Lancaster City, which is his current club.

  4. Marc Guehi - DF

    Marc Guehi - DF

    Graduating from Chelsea's youth system, Marc Guehi signed professional terms with the Blues in 2019 and made his senior debut for the Premier League giants in September 2019 in a League Cup match against Grimsby Town.

    Ahead of the 2021-22 season, Guehi joined Crystal Palace on a five-year-deal in what was Palace's third-highest transfer signing, quickly becoming a key figure at the club and even earning himself a senior call-up to England. 

    He made his Three Lions debut in March, starting the 2-1 win over Switzerland.

  5. TJ Eyoma - DF

    TJ Eyoma - DF

    TJ Eyoma came through the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur's youth system and made his Spurs debut in January 2019 in an FA Cup game against Tranmere Rovers.

    In the January window of 2020, Eyoma joined League One side Lincoln City on a temporary basis, but his loan spell was cut short due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    He rejoined the club on loan the next season and then earned himself a permanent move to Lincoln in 2021.

  6. Jonathan Panzo - DF

    Jonathan Panzo - DF

    Jonathan Panzo came through Chelsea's youth system, but joined Monaco ahead of the 2018-19 season. He initially had to settle for a spot in the reserves side, before makinh his senior professional debut in a Coupe de la Ligue clash with Lorient.

    In 2019, he was sent on a season-long loan to Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge and then joined French second division side Dijon on a permanent deal, only to return to England in 2022 at Nottingham Forest.

    He soon found himself back out on loan, playing for Coventry City during the 22-23 campaign.

  7. Steven Sessegnon - DF

    Steven Sessegnon - DF

    After graduating from Fulham's youth system in 2017, Steven Sessegnon signed professional terms with the club and made his debut at the tender age of 17.

    He has since struggled to secure regular first-team action at the Londoners, though, and has spent time on loan at Championship side Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle. Charlton is his current, temporary home.

  8. Joel Latibeaudiere - DF

    Joel Latibeaudiere - DF

    The Manchester City youth player was the vice-captain of the English side at the U17 World Cup in India.

    After playing for City's youth teams during the 2018-19 season, Joel Latibeaudiere moved to Dutch top division club Twente on a season long loan in 2019.

    He then joined Swansea City on a three-year deal after returning to the UK and has since been capped at senior level for Jamaica after switching international allegiances.

  9. Lewis Gibson - DF
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    Lewis Gibson - DF

    A Newcastle United and Everton's academy product, Lewis Gibson signed his first professional contract with the Toffees in 2019.

    He has found it hard to secure regular first-team football at the club, though, and has spent time on loan at League One club Fleetwood Town, Reading in the Championship and Sheffield Wednesday.

    He was sent out on loan again in the summer of 2022, finding himself at Bristol Rovers.

  10. George McEachran - MF
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    George McEachran - MF

    A product of Chelsea's youth system, George McEachran played for various youth teams of the Blues and he was part of the squad that won the 2019 Europa League final 4-1 against Arsenal, even if he was only an unused sub.

    The midfielder has spent time on loan at Dutch second division sides Cambuur and MVV, but his spell at the latter came to an end shortly after it started due to 'compelling private reasons.'

    He's currently without a club.

  11. Angel Gomes - MF

    Angel Gomes - MF

    Angel Gomes came to the limelight in the closing stages of the 2016-17 season when he became the youngest player (16 years and 263 days) to make his debut for Manchester United since Duncan Edwards in 1953, replacing club legend Wayne Rooney in the 88th minute of the match against Crystal Palace.

    The gifted attacking midfielder left United for Ligue 1 side Lille at the start of the 2020-21 season before going on loan to Boavista.

    After a productive loan spell in Portugal, he's back at Lille now as he continues to build on the early-career hype. 

  12. Conor Gallagher - MF

    Conor Gallagher - MF

    A Chelsea academy graduate, Conor Gallagher signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge in August 2019 after winning the Academy Player of the Year award.

    He was then sent on loan to Championship side Charlton Athletic, before moving on to Swansea City midway through the season. 

    The midfielder has since gone from strength to strength after more loan spells with West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace and has already been capped at senior level by England.

    Gallagher has found himself in the Chelsea side during the 2022-23 campaign.

  13. Emile Smith Rowe - MF

    Emile Smith Rowe - MF

    Smith Rowe played for various age-group teams of Arsenal until the 2018-19 season, when he was sent on loan to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. Due to injuries, however, the English youngster only played 28 minutes during his six-month spell in Germany.

    He returned to his parent club during the 2019-20 and appeared in two Premier League matches before being joining Huddersfield Town on loan in the Championship.

    The 2020-21 campaign was when he really rose to prominence and played in 20 Premier League matches for the Gunners, further building on his reputation as a star in the making the following season after being handed the club's No.10 jersey. 

    He has since gone from strength to strength but a groin injury is set to keep him out of action until after the World Cup.

  14. Tashan Oakley-Boothe - MF

    Tashan Oakley-Boothe - MF

    Oakley-Boothe played in six matches for England at the U17 World Cup and was an integral part of that title-winning squad.

    At club level, however, he has yet to build on that performance as he found it hard to break into the first team at Tottenham, eventually opting to leave his boyhood club for Stoke City.

    But after an encouraging start to life at Stoke, the midfielder once more finds himself struggling for regular game time after a back injury put a brake on his development.

  15. Phil Foden - MF
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    Phil Foden - MF

    The Manchester City youngster was the player of the tournament at the U17 World Cup, scoring a brace in the final against Spain, and has since more than lived up the high expectations.

    After the World Cup, Foden returned to his club and appeared in five Premier League matches in the 2017-18 season. just enough to win his maiden league winners medal.

    In the following seasons, Foden became a regular starter under Pep Guardiola as he slowly but surely developed into a key figure for the Citizens.

    Foden has already lifted the Premier League trophy on four occasions and seems destined to keep adding to his trophy cabinet at City for the foreseeable future.

  16. Nya Kirby - MF
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    Nya Kirby - MF

    The midfielder appeared in six matches at the U17 World Cup, although he started in only one game.

    A Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace youth product, Kirby moved to Blackpool in January 2019 in an attempt to prepare himself for regular first-team action at Palace.

    He made his debut for Crystal Palace against AFC Bournemouth in a League Cup clash after returning to his parent club, but eventually moved to League Two side Tranmere Rovers on loan again as first-team opportunities were hard to come by.

    He failed to make an impression at Prenton Park and is currently without a club.

  17. Morgan Gibbs-White - FW

    Morgan Gibbs-White - FW

    The winger scored England's second strike in the final to give his side the lead and at the same time show the world a glimpse of his ability in front of goal.

    A Wolverhampton product, Gibbs-White made his Premier League debut during the 2018-19 season and was widely regarded as one of the biggest talents around on the European pitches.

    A difficult time then followed, however, and he was eventually sent out on loan to Championship side Swansea City, where he found back his form.

    This form played a part in earning him a £50 million move to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2022.

  18. Callum Hudson-Odoi- FW
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    Callum Hudson-Odoi- FW

    Callum Hudson-Odoi was one of the few players from the England U-17 World Cup squad who already had top-flight experience heading into the tournament, having made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

    His astronomical rise to prominence saw him linked with a big-money move to Bayern Munich early in his career, but the move never materialised as Chelsea had no intention of letting go of their prized asset.

    The winger has yet to take that final step in his development, though, and finds himself out on loan under Xabi Alonso at Bayer Leverkusen.

  19. Jadon Sancho - FW

    Jadon Sancho - FW

    Jadon Sancho was arguably one of the tournament's main attractions, but was only allowed to play until the round of 16, after which he was called back by Borussia Dortmund.

    The tricky winger became an absolute sensation in the Bundesliga, having joined BVB from Manchester City, before eventually returning to the Premier League when Manchester United splashed the cash on him in 2021.

    His move to Old Trafford hasn't quite gone according to plan for now, but there is no denying Sancho remains one of the most exciting players of his generation.

  20. Rhian Brewster - FW

    Rhian Brewster - FW

    Brewster won the Golden Boot award at the U17 World Cup as he scored eight goals in six matches, including a goal in the final.

    It was thus little surprise that expectations were high at Liverpool, with some of the club backing him to challenge Roberto Firmino for the No.9 role.

    Things have gone slightly different for the striker, though, as injury hindered his progress and he was eventually sent out on loan to Swansea, before joining Sheffield United on a permanent deal.

    He has yet to find his shooting boots at the Championship side.

  21. Danny Loader - FW
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    Danny Loader - FW

    The forward appeared in two matches at the U17 World, featuring against Iraq in the group stages and then versus USA in the round of 16.

    After graduating from Reading's youth system, he played for the club's U23 side in the Premier League 2 Division Two between 2017 and 2020. 

    In 2020, he joined Porto and mainly played for the club's reserves in the Portuguese second division, although he did make his first-team debut in October 2021, even managing to find the net.