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Premier League: Under-21 XI

Shaw (right) has impressed in his debut Premier League season. (©GettyImages)
Shaw (right) has impressed in his debut Premier League season. (©GettyImages).

The Premier League boasts a number of top quality young players. Youngsters from all over the globe flock to England's top tier to develop and enhance their talent, and it's testament to the quality of the division that some of the world's finest opt to ply their trade on these shores.

With that in mind, here's an all-star XI made up entirely of players aged 21 & under, including some up and coming stars for Manchester United, Manchester City & Arsenal. The question is, do you agree with my selection? Get in touch & have your say below.

Goalkeeper: Paulo Gazzaniga (21) | Southampton

At 6ft 5in tall, 21-year-old Gazzaniga stands tall in goal for Southampton. Slowly emerging as a future number one for the Saints, Gazzaniga has made 11 appearances this season. He made his debut in a League Cup encounter against Stevenage, with the south coast outfit emerging as 4-1 victors. He made his Premier League debut almost a month later in another 4-1 win, this time against Aston Villa. 

Right-back: Francis Coquelin (21) | Arsenal

Coquelin is one of the games more versatile players. Able to be used as cover at centre-back, right midfield, defensive midfield or right-back, his versatility can be a real asset to Arsenal.

Coquelin joined the Gunners in 2008 from Stade Lavallois following a successful trial with Arsene Wenger's side. Internationally, he has played for France from Under-17s to Under-21s and is on the cusp of claiming a place in the senior team.

He made his first start for Arsenal in their 6-1 home win against Southampton at the start of the season, pushing his claim for regular first-team football at the Emirates.

Centre-back: Matija Nastasic (20) | Manchester City

Since joining Manchester City from Fiorentina in 2012, Nastasic has broken into Roberto Mancini's starting XI, seeing off competition from England's Joleon Lescott. At the tender age of just 20, Nastasic has emerged as one of the best young centre-backs in the game, claiming the Player of the Month Award at Manchester City for November 2012.

Centre-back: Phil Jones (21) | Manchester United

Jones has been on the radar of English football fans since his high-profile move from Blackburn to Manchester United in 2011. He hasn't staggered his progression at United either, already making over 60 appearances for the club. He has also notched five caps for the England national team and is already being talked about as England's future captain.

Left-back: Luke Shaw (17) | Southampton

Southampton it seems have secured a position in the top flight for at least another season. With impressive displays under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Shaw has shone at left-back and has been linked with a whole host of top clubs. After working his way through the England international ranks, playing at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-21 level, Shaw broke into the Southampton starting line-up at the beginning of the 2012/13 season.

Right-midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (19) | Arsenal

Since making his debut for Arsenal in 2011, Chamberlain has continued to grow and improve under the mindful eye of Arsene Wenger. Pace, power and a clean striker of the ball, Chamberlain is starting to stake a claim for a place in England's World Cup squad - and all at the tender age of 19.

Centre-midfield: Jack Wilshere (21) | Arsenal

Representing England's future, Wilshere plays the game one move ahead of his opponents with intuitive passing and spirited breaks from midfield. Wilshere plays with the head of a seasoned international but the drive and determination of a youngster having a kick-about in the school playground.

Centre-midfield: Oscar (21) | Chelsea

The young Brazilian has impressed in his sporadic performances for Chelsea this season, proving a lightweight frame doesn't mean lightweight performances. Since joining Chelsea from Brazilian side Internacional in 2012, Oscar has emerged as yet another promising spike in the Blues' midfield armoury.

Left-midfield: Raheem Sterling (18) | Liverpool

Since breaking into the Liverpool first-team, Sterling has excited us all. With lightening pace and great feet to match, Sterling looks to be the full footballing package. An exciting revelation for Liverpool and England fans alike.

Centre-forward: Andros Townsend (21) | QPR

After struggling to claim first-team football in a crowded Spurs midfield, Townsend decided to take his opportunity of a loan spell with Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers.

Breaking straight into the starting XI at Loftus Road, Townsend grabbed his chance with both hands, finding the top corner with a scorching strike from outside the box against Sunderland.

Striker: Romelu Lukaku (19) | Chelsea - on loan at West Brom

Lukaku joined West Bromwich Albion on loan in August 2012 after deciding to take his chance of first-team football away from Stamford Bridge. Cementing his position as a regular in Steve Clarke's starting line-up Lukaku's profile has risen during his temporary stay in the midlands. Scoring 13 goals in 30 games for the Baggies, Chelsea fans must be praying that the Belgian international is the next Didier Drogba in the making.

Substitutes: Jack Buckland (Stoke City), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur), Conner Wickham (Sunderland). 

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