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World's Top Teens: Rated

Is Iker Muniain the most promising teen on the planet? (©GettyImages)
Is Iker Muniain the most promising teen on the planet? (©GettyImages).

Roy Hodgson helped raise a few eyebrows this week as he named Liverpool's young winger Raheem Sterling in his England squad for their friendly against Ukraine this evening.

Despite having only played two full senior league games for the Reds, the 17-year-old was handed a promotion to the national team and will spend his week training alongside seasoned pro's like Frank Lampard and Joe Hart.

The World Cup in Brazil is still two years away but there now appears to be a promising crop of youngsters coming through who could explode on the world stage - but who are the talented teens (under 20 years old) most likely to become the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? 

Raheem Sterling, Liverpool

Prospect Rating: 7/10

Sterling has proved his potential brilliance in a Liverpool shirt already this season but questions still remain over his temperament.

 

Iker Munian, Athletic Bilbao

Prospect rating: 9/10

Already the heartbeat of Athletic Bilbao, it won't be long before he is established in the Spanish national team. He's even been dubbed the 'Spanish Messi'.

 

Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea

Prospect Rating: 7/10

A low key start to his Chelsea career means his standing has taken something of a knocking in recent months, but now on loan with West Brom he appears close to his rampaging best.

 

Marco Verratti, Paris Saint-Germain

Prospect Rating: 9/10

A big enough prospect to secure a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, at just 19-years-old the Italian has the world at his feet.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal

Prospect rating: 8/10

Exploded onto the scene last season and has worked his way into the England set up, as he develops and settles into a more central role he could become one of his country's leading lights.

 

Stephan El Shaarawy, AC Milan

Prospect rating: 7/10

Having become the fourth youngest player to ever make a senior appearance in Serie A, El Shaarawy made the move to AC Milan in 2010, but as yet has not proved himself to be clinical enough in front of goal.

 

Souleymane Coulibaly, Tottenham

Prospect Rating: 6/10

A revelation at the U-17 World Cup, Coulibaly earned himself a move to Tottenham where he has continued to score regularly at youth levels. Expect him to make the step up to the Premier League soon.

 
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