England's Under-17 squad for the 2007 World Cup had some very surprising names


So, England U17’s have made it to the World Cup final after beating Brazil 3-1 in their semi-final.

Another hat-trick from Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster - following up from his three goals in the quarter-final against the United States - sent the Three Lions to Sunday's final against Spain.

It’s hard not to get too carried away with England’s youngsters right now.

It was an incredible summer for the country with the Under 20’s winning the World Cup, the Under 19’s winning the European Championships, the Under 18’s retaining the Toulon tournament and the Under 17’s reaching the final of the European Championships.

Given the success of other age groups, it was considered a disappointment when the Under 21’s crashed out of the European Championships at the semi-final stage - losing on penalties to Germany.

But just because of the success of England’s youth sides, it doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to have long and illustrious careers in the game.

There are several Under 17 players that are tipped to become England regulars in just a few years time.

Manchester United’s Angel Gomes, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Liverpool’s Brewster are all expected to be playing Premier League football and earning call-ups for the national team before too long.


But let’s not get too carried away.


Well, a look at England’s Under 17 squad from the 2007 World Cup explains exactly why.

England's U17 squad in 2007

All of the players that took part in the tournament 10 years ago will be either 26 or 27 now so you’d expect the 21-man squad to be full of well-known names.

But it isn’t.

England topped their group after beating New Zealand and Brazil but could only draw to North Korea.


They beat Syria in the last-16 but were thrashed 4-1 by Germany in the quarter-final.

And here is the squad - and who they currently play for

Jason Steele - Sunderland
Nana Ofori-Twumasi - Maidstone United
James Reid - Gainsborough Trinity
Henri Lansbury - Aston Villa
Krystian Pearce - Mansfield Town
Tommy Smith -  Ipswich Town
Danny Welbeck - Arsenal
Danny Rose - Tottenham
Rhys Murphy - Forest Green Rovers (on loan at Torquay)
Victor Moses - Chelsea
Nathan Porritt - Unattached
Dan Gosling - Bournemouth
Alex Smithies - QPR
Michael Woods - Hartlepool United
Jordan Spence - Ipswich Town
Gavin Hoyte - Eastleigh
Tristan Plummer - Hereford
Jonathan Franks - Hartlepool United
Ashley Chambers - Nuneaton Town
Medy Elito - Cambridge United
Wes Foderingham - Rangers

So, just two players have gone on to play for the senior side - Welbeck and Rose - earning 48 caps between them.

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