Steven Gerrard has a big warning for Rhian Brewster after his heroics at the U17 World Cup

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The year of 2017 has been one of huge promise for England at international level.

Well, maybe not at senior level, but the Three Lions' youth sides have been pretty amazing. They lifted the U20 World Cup, made it to the semi-finals of the U21 European Championship and just last week, they won the U17 World Cup.

Steve Cooper's side defeated Spain 5-2 in the final, with Liverpool's Rhian Brewster and Manchester City's Phil Foden the stars of the show out in India.

The Reds striker was in fantastic form throughout the tournament, scoring back-to-back hat tricks against the USA and Brazil.

After his success at international level, the onus is now on Brewster to begin making a mark with Liverpool.

For now, a spot in the senior side will be a step too far, so he will likely have to hone his skills with Steven Gerrard's youth side.

Alongside the likes of Ben Woodburn, the Liverpool legend has an abundance of talent to choose from.

Gerrard is a big fan of Brewster but he has issued a warning to the talented striker, who was actually rejected by Chelsea due to his short stature.



"He's got to be patient, but not just Rhian - everyone has," said Gerrard.

"We've got wonderful footballers in the first team, especially in the attacking positions, so it's not easy breaking through.

"I think it's getting more and more difficult as time goes by. These kids have got to be world class now.

"If you're very good, you'll probably be a little bit short, especially in the top-six teams in the Premier League.

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"The message for Rhian is: 'Well done. You've been superb and deserve all the plaudits you get. How do you improve now?'.

"'How do you push yourself and try to move people out of your way that are above you in the pecking order?'. That's the challenge for him moving forward."

Words of wisdom for one of the Premier League's true legends.



The likes of Brewster and Foden now face the most difficult spell in their career; finding a way to match the hype that surrounds them at such a young age.

Too many times, teenagers have burst onto the scene at youth level but have then failed to kick on.

In a sense, the easy part has been done and now, they face the gruelling task of achieving consistency.

Just don't become the next Freddy Adu lads.

Steven Gerrard
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