It’s been nine months since England were crowned world champions.
Ok, it was ‘only’ at the Under-20 World Cup but it was still an incredible achievement.
Can Gareth Southgate’s side follow suit in Russia in a few months time?
But the future is surely bright for the Three Lions considering their incredible summer with the Under-19 side winning the European Championships, the Under-17 side winning the World Cup and an Under-20 side winning the Toulon Tournament.
But it was that Under-20 side that won the World Cup final against Venezuela in South Korea that got the nation most excited.
As Under-20 players, they would be hoping to be playing regularly in the Premier League and pushing for a place in Southgate’s side for the World Cup right now.
But, in reality, that isn’t the case.
A thread on Reddit has emerged that shows where all of the World Cup winners are actually playing nine months after their triumph. And it makes for pretty grim reading.
Freddie Woodman, Newcastle United, 21
He became a hero by saving a penalty in the final and made an appearance for Newcastle in the FA Cup against Luton earlier this season. He went on loan to Aberdeen in January and has played six games.
Dean Henderson, Manchester United, 21
He’s played 36 matches on loan at promotion-hunting Shrewsbury Town in League One.
Luke Southwood, Reading, 20
Currently on loan at Bath City in the Conference South.
Jonjoe Kenny, Everton, 20
Taken advantage of Seamus Coleman’s nasty injury and has played 25 matches for Everton this season, impressing in the process.
Callum Connolly, Everton, 20
Enjoying a successful loan spell at Ipswich Town in the Championship, playing 26 times.
Fiyako Tomori, Chelsea, 20
On loan at Hull City in the Championship, playing 22 matches this season. Currently struggling to get into the starting XI.
Jake Clarke-Salter, Chelsea, 20
Made one Carabao Cup appearance for Chelsea before joining Sunderland on loan in January. Has played seven times for them since.
Ezri Konsa, Charlton, 20
Impressing immensely at Charlton in League One as they compete for a playoff place. Plenty of big clubs interested in him.
Kyle Walker-Peters, Tottenham, 20
In and around the first-team squad at Spurs this season, making six appearances in all competitions.
Dael Fry, Middlesbrough, 20
Hasn’t played for the Championship side since December after beginning the season in the starting XI.
Lewis Cook, Bournemouth, 21
Currently a regular in the Premier League and has already been called up to the senior England side - although he didn’t make an appearance. Could he be a surprise name in Southgate’s World Cup squad?
Josh Onomah, Tottenham, 20
On loan at Aston Villa and has been in-and-out of the side that is going for automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Arsenal, 20
Very highly-rated at Arsenal and has already made 23 appearances in all competitions for the club. Could be a first-team regular at the Emirates in the years to come.
Kieran Dowell, Everton, 20
On loan at Nottingham Forest in the Championship and is the club’s top goalscorer with 10 goals. Impressed against Arsenal during Forest’s 4-2 victory against them in the FA Cup.
Ovie Ejaria, Liverpool, 20
Remained in Liverpool’s youth side until January when he made a January loan move to Sunderland. Currently attempting to keep them up in the Championship.
Adam Armstrong, Newcastle, 21
Spent the first-half of the campaign at struggling Bolton in the Championship, scoring three goals in 23 matches. He moved to Blackburn in January, where he’s scored an impressive seven in seven.
Dominic Solanke, Liverpool, 20
Top goalscorer in last summer’s tournament but is still looking for his first Liverpool goal after 21 appearances.
Ademola Lookman, Everton, 20
Wasn’t given too many opportunities by Everton earlier this season but is now on loan at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Scored on his debut and has played six times for the German club.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton, 20
He’s made 40 appearances for Everton this season, scoring eight goals. The arrival of Cenk Tosun will limit his first-team chances.
Harry Chapman, Middlesbrough, 20
Was on loan at Blackburn but injured his hamstring in October and is yet to recover.
Sheyi Ojo, Liverpool, 20
Ojo is on loan at Fulham but has suffered with a few injury problems. He’s still managed 22 appearances and four goals as Fulham look for promotion back to the Premier League.
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