Comparing Spain's U21s with England's is both frightening and hilarious

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For years, the England under-21s has been a source of mild national pride when it comes to football. It's seen some of the country's best players pull on the shirt before going on represent the Three Lions at a senior level.

And also, over the years, the young Lions have come closer to winning silverware than the senior side has, highlighting just how exciting some of England's young players can be.

Not all go on to the career they seem destined for, but they get included in the squad on merit and are given the chance their ability deserves.

However, now, England fans can forget about boasting about the talent its U21s has when it is compared with the squad from Spain.

Spain's emergence into a superpower of international football didn't happen overnight. Over the past 20 years new philosophies, training methods and a greater emphasis on youth facilities has seen Spain become one of the world leaders in youth production.

And looking at their latest squad announcement, it's almost funny to see how far ahead they are than England, as their squad is full of players already playing regularly at the top level with the only thing keeping them out of the senior side being that there are more experienced players ahead of them.

This week the Spanish take on Denmark and Italy, and the strength in depth they have at their disposal is just insane.

See their squad announcement below...

The first name to jump out is obviously Hector Bellerin. The young right-back has made the position his own at the Emirates, even forcing the more experienced Mathieu Debuchy out the club and picking up an FA Cup winners medal in the process.

He already has Champions League experience under his belt, as well as three caps with the senior side. His calibre is so high that there's no doubt he's going to be a success.

Elsewhere, there's Saul Niguel, who has already played 29 times for Atletico Madrid this season, helping to keep the side in the Champions League and in the battle at the top of La Liga.

Put simply, he may only be 22, but he's not a hot prospect anymore, he's a fully fledged baller.

Elsewhere, there's Mikel Merino, who's been breaking into Borussia Dortmund's first team this term, Denis Suarez, who is slowly becoming a regular at Barcelona, as is Marco Asensio at Real Madrid and Borja Mayoral, who left Real over the summer to try his luck with Wolfsburg.

Not much needs to be said about England's team in terms of selections, you can see for yourself below...

With no disrespect to the likes of Christian Walton, Kortney Hause and John Swift, they're hardly going to strike fear into the best U21 teams in the world.

Walton, though we're sure is there on merit, has been playing for Luton Town in the fourth tier this season, having failed to pressure Brighton into picking him as a first choice in the second tier.

Just for contrast, it doesn't even compare.

England may have invested in its infrastructure and the turnaround won't happen quickly, but this is an eye opener as to where the country is at.

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