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English football: Top 10 youngsters

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The Adnan Januzaj debate has revealed just how little faith there is in English youth at the moment. Here's a look at some of the best and are England fans right to be pessimistic?

Ross Barkley (19) - Martinez was just what Barkley needed after being relatively untrusted under Moyes and he is going from strength to strength in his new role off the striker. His link up play with Lukaku against Newcastle was frightening and as Norwich learned, he is lethal from rangeThis is a big season for a player who many hope can line up for England in the next few years. 

Luke Shaw (18) - England certainly don't seem to have any problem producing top left backs and Saint's fans are relishing the development of Luke Shaw. A reliable and consistent part of the Southampton defence that has only conceded two goals so far this term. He's already streets ahead of where Gareth Bale was at this age in this position. 

Wilfired Zaha (20) - With all the debate surrounding Adnan Januzaj and his England future, it seems a shame to think that the boy being kept out of the team is an extremely talented young Englishman. If you find yourself staring at the Crystal Palace team wondering how they made it out of the extremely competitive Championship then Zaha may answer your questions. Absolutely electric in the Championship, a move to Manchester may have surprised many but there will be plenty of Championship full backs who will know how he got the move. Hopefully Zaha can make a breakthrough at a club usually reliable in harnessing home-grown talent. 

Ravel Morrison (20) - A bad-boy reputation which led to Sir Alex Ferguson releasing him from United despite his obvious potential. However, missed training sessions and changing room riffs may be a thing of the past. Lee Clark only had positive things to say after Ravel's time at Birmingham and recently predicted he would make the World Cup squad. Superb athlete and unplayable on his day 

Saido Berahino (20) - This boy was relatively unknown a month ago but the easiest way to change that is smashing in a goal at Old Trafford. His previous season was a complete write off due to injury but an electric pre-season and a superb start to his campaign have meant he fighting for a first team place with Shane Long and Nicolas Anelka. Not bad for a player who only takes home a few hundred pounds a week earning him the not so desirable tag of the 'poorest player in the Premier League.'

Nathan Redmond (19) - Looked such an exciting prospect at Birmingham especially on those Europa League nights. Hughton did well to pick up a player who should have been drawing far more attention that he was. Good start to the season needs to seriously build on it to have any hope of pushing for an England place. 

Steven Caulker (21) - Absolutely superb during his time at Swansea. Now leading the Cardiff defence at only 21. Almost certainly a future England defender if his development carries on as it is. 

Jonjo Shelvey (21) - It's almost hard to believe that at the centre of Swansea's obsession with keeping the ball are two English players. While Leon Britton appears too old to warrant any sort of England talk, his deep-lying partner Jonjo Shelvey could develop into a strong player for his country. His game against Liverpool was an example of both his talent and his immaturity. In Laudrup he has the perfect manager though to breed him into a superb midfielder. 

Callum Mcmanaman (22) - Thankfully Callum's dribbling is far superior to his tackling ability. His reputation slightly marred after his knee high tackle on Newcastle's Haidara, take nothing away from a young man who seems to simply relish taking a full back on again and again. His individual performance in the FA Cup Final is proof of his ability. He simply needs to get out of the Championship now.

Tom Carroll (21) - A deep-lying playmaker. Superb passer of the ball and a creative talent. Many at Spurs describe him as the next Luka Modric and Roy Hodgson is a keen admirer. Got his loan move to QPR at the end of the window so first team football is thankfully an option for the player. It's just a shame it couldn't have been at a Premier League club. 

Does the ability of these players warrant the desire of many to allow foreigners to play for England?

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