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England Under 17 Team - Five Unknowns to Watch

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Credit to Sky Sports for doing the research. These are five youngsters that manager Steve Cooper believes could have played for the Champions last year:


Bobby Duncan
Duncan is currently unattached after leaving Manchester City last year but he has a big reputation having become the first Englishman to score a hat-trick against Brazil at any level in 2016. He has pedigree too – he is the cousin of former England captain Steven Gerrard.

Xavier Amaechi
A left-footed winger with pace, Amaechi impressed in the Algarve just one month after turning 17. He was rewarded that day with a four-year deal at Arsenal and having already featured for the under-23 side at club level, there are high hopes for his development.

Clinton Mola
Chelsea’s Mola is a versatile player of Congolese descent who was also part of the England setup at under-15 and under-16 level. Capable of operating in defence or midfield, he started two of England’s three games last month prior to turning 17 in March. 

Jimmy Garner
An unused substitute for the defeat to Portugal, the Manchester United youngster captained the side for the subsequent two matches. Comfortable in defence or midfield, Garner has stepped up to United’s under-18 side this season and is making good progress.

Tommy Doyle
The Manchester City player featured in all three games in the Algarve, captaining the side for the opening game. He has long been tipped for stardom as he is another with a rich heritage – the grandson of two City legends, Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe.

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