Much has been made of England's abysmal displays at the U21 Euro 2013 Championship and U20 World Cup this summer with many senior football journalists lambasting the future of English football.

Furthermore, England’s senior side have slumped to 15th in the world rankings, lower than Greece and Croatia and creating more dismay.

In stark contrast, the next 10-20 years undoubtedly looks promising for the Netherlands who - ranked 5th in FIFA’s rankings - narrowly missed out on the final of the Under 21 European Championship. 

Much of their success from that tournament was due to the copious amounts of talent being produced in the Eredivise and more concisely, Feyenoord.

Having come third in last year’s Dutch top-flight competition, Ronald Koeman has challenged his young, exuberant squad to win the title this forthcoming season.  

With PSV Eindhoven losing Dries Mertens and Ajax looking increasingly likely to sell top prospect Christian Eriksen, Feyenoord will feel that they have an excellent chance of securing the Dutch league come May 2014.

Feyenoord have clusters of young players throughout their squad, starting in defence. 

The commanding central defence partnership of Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan De Vrij helped Feyenoord to keep 12 cleansheets in the 12/13 season, with back up from emerging starlet Terence Kongolo. 

Martins Indi and De Vrij also partnered each other at the European Championship - creating a formidable back line.

The Rotterdam club also boast a vivacious partnership in central midfield. Both Jordy Clasie and Tonny Vilhena travelled to Israel for the Euros but both only played one game despite contributing significantly to Feyenoord's third place finish. 

They managed 57 games between them and henceforth interest has risen in these two prospects. Clasie has been rumoured to sign for Fiorentina, while 18-year-old Vilhena has attracted attention from Turin giants Juventus.

Graziano Pelle and Lex Immers were Feyenoord's main attacking threats last season but the club have another young player, Jean-Paul Boëtius,  waiting in the wings. 

The 19-year-old can play wide right or in a more central role and managed to score a very reasonable four goals in 17 appearances in the 2012/2013 campaign and in March 2013 he earned a call-up to the national team.

With Feyenord having previously nurtured talents such as Robin van Persie, Henrik Larsson and Ruud Gullit, it seems as though they have yet another batch of up and coming individuals. 

It is definitely worth keeping tabs on these players not just this season, but in years to come as well.

 

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