Ethan Nwaneri, Lamine Yamal & 10 wonderkids to watch at the Under-17 European Championship
International youth tournaments are where football fans tend to get a first glimpse of superstars of the future, and that's no more true than at the Under-17 European Championship, with the 2023 edition set to kick-off in Hungary on Wednesday.
Previous winners of the competition's Player of the Tournament prize include Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and Jadon Sancho, and players from the 16 teams that have qualified for this year's tournament will be hoping of one day replicating the careers of those household names.
The defending champions are France, and their title-winning team of 2022 are a strong example of how this tournament can be a springboard to greater things. Star striker Mathys Tel moved to Bayern Munich for an initial €20 million in the wake of his heroics in Israel, while Warren Zaire-Emery and El Chadaille Bitshiabu have both played in the Champions League knockout stages for Paris Saint-Germain this term.
So who will be the breakout stars of this year's competition? NXGN has teamed up with GOAL to pick out some potential superstars of the future who will be strutting their stuff over the next few weeks...