Jose Mourinho’s favourite, the next Jadon Sancho and a trio of Aston Villa… England Under-19 stars are looking to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and Arsenal heroes


England’s future stars are already making a name for themselves at the European Under-19 Championship.

The Young Lions reached the final of the competition for the first time in five years – and the class of 2017 certainly did well.

England have a bright future judging by the performance of their U19s this summer
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Chelsea star Mason Mount stole the show as the U19s beat Portugal to win the competition in Georgia, while fellow Blue Reece James and Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also gave glimpses of their bright future.

Now it’s the turn of Ian Foster’s boys to show the world what they can do when they take on Israel at the Anton Malatinsky Stadium in Slovakia on Friday.

England come into the tie as big favourites, having already dismissed Israel in the group stage, while posting a 100% record with just one goal conceded.

Here are some of the Young Lions who are looking to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and kick off a golden summer for England, with the Lionesses also harboring high hopes at the upcoming Women’s Euro 2022 on home soil.

Jose Mourinho's favourite, the next Jadon Sancho and a trio of Aston Villa… England Under-19 stars are looking to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and Arsenal heroes
England beat Italy to reach the final
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Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa)

England’s success is largely down to Aston Villa’s outstanding academy, but one starlet in particular.

Chukwuemeka has registered two goals and two assists in the tournament so far, becoming the best player in Slovakia.

Having made 12 Premier League appearances in a breakthrough season at Villa Park under Steven Gerrard, Chukwuemeka was a cut above the rest.

Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona are among the clubs believed to be interested in the teenager – and it’s easy to see why.

But he is not the only Villa star to shine, with midfield partner Tim Iroegbunam allowing him to move forward freely and Aaron Ramsey, brother of Jacob, also showing his quality.

Jose Mourinho's favourite, the next Jadon Sancho and a trio of Aston Villa… England Under-19 stars are looking to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and Arsenal heroes
Chukwuemeka has already broken through at Villa
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Dane Scarlett (Tottenham)

Like The Simpsons, Jose Mourinho has a unique talent for prophesying future events.

Where are we going with this? Well, the self-proclaimed Special One has predicted big things for Tottenham striker Dane Scarlett.

“I wanted to be the one to put him in a Premier League game,” the former Spurs boss said after handing Scarlett his Premier League debut against West Brom in February 2021.

He claimed the teenage striker ‘will be somebody in a few years’, and here he is, England’s top scorer at the U19 Euros.

With Harry Kane and Heung-min Son at Spurs, as well as the imminent arrival of Richarlison, it might be some time before the 18-year-old becomes someone at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But, as Mourinho said 16 months ago, watch this space.

Jose Mourinho's favourite, the next Jadon Sancho and a trio of Aston Villa… England Under-19 stars are looking to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and Arsenal heroes
Scarlett could be Kane’s successor at Spurs
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Harvey Vale (Chelsea)

Remember when Chelsea fielded a group of unknown names in their EFL Cup quarter-final against Brentford last season?

Wear the no. The 68 shirt was the Blues’ much-loved academy midfielder Vale.

The 18-year-old shone for the club’s U23s last season, earning his chance under Thomas Tuchel, and has now carried that form into the U19 Euros.

Captaining the Young Lions in three of their four games so far, Vale has established himself as a leader and an undisputed star going forward.

Jose Mourinho's favourite, the next Jadon Sancho and a trio of Aston Villa… England Under-19 stars are looking to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and Arsenal heroes
Vale has already caught the eye of Chelsea boss Tuchel
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Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Arsenal)

There was a time when everyone wanted to be a striker.

Now it seems like every kid in England wants to play at right-back.

And Arsenal have developed another exciting talent in that position in Norton-Cuffy.

After spending last season on loan at Lincoln in Ligue 1, the 18-year-old will be knocking on Mikel Arteta’s door soon after a strong performance at the U19 Euros.

Jose Mourinho's favourite, the next Jadon Sancho and a trio of Aston Villa… England Under-19 stars are looking to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and Arsenal heroes
Arsenal fans could see a lot more attacking wingers in the future
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Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund)

If Borussia Dortmund think a young English talent is worth signing for Man City, they’re probably right.

Jadon Sancho, who went that exact route, ended up costing Manchester United a pretty penny a few years later.

Bynoe-Gittens is following the same German route – and it’s not just their careers that look alike.

The 17-year-old is also known for his dangerous and marauding runs which trigger panic in opposition defences.

And he has already entered the Dortmund first team.

He is just one of many stars who will give England fans hope, not just for Friday night, but for the next decade of major tournament football.

Jose Mourinho's favourite, the next Jadon Sancho and a trio of Aston Villa… England Under-19 stars are looking to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea and Arsenal heroes
Bynoe-Gittens hopes to start for Foster’s side in Friday’s final
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