Eden Hazard makes under-25 world best XI

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Composing a team of the world's best young players is a thankless task, but Lebo Mwamuka has had a go anyway. Let us know what you think...

GK: Thibaut Courtois

The young Belgian shot stopper is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. After three incredible seasons on loan at Atlético Madrid, José Mourinho decided to make the big man his no. 1 at Chelsea.

He has easily removed Petr Cech from the Chelsea dynamic, which is no easy feat. And he's only 22! He improves every week and recently signed a new contract with Chelsea, cementing his future at the club.

RB: Calum Chambers

The young right-back really broke out last season for Southampton. There was immediate interest from a number of clubs, with Arsenal landing his signature for £16m.

Chambers is a very confident young man, always looking to improve. His humble approach to football could be greatly beneficial to him as he looks to fulfil his massive potential.

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He will play a big part for England over the next few years, and it is likely that he will eventually establish himself in the centre of defence or even midfield.

LB: David Alaba

Two-time Austrian footballer of the year and current holder of the Sportsman of the Year award in Austria, David Alaba, was an easy inclusion in this list.

His versatility, pace and passing abilities have made him vital to the Bayern Munich contingent. He's one of the first names on the team-sheet for Pep Guardiola's side.

Although he's a left-back for Bayern, Alaba plays in the midfield for Austria and is the heart of the team. If Austria hope to qualify for the 2016 UEFA European Championships, Alaba will need to be at his brilliant best, which he often is.

CB: Raphaël Varane

Raphaël Varane is arguably one of the best centre-backs in the world. His bursting pace and impressive strength have made him a very difficult player to get past. Even the great Lionel Messi was shut down by this young Frenchman.

Unfortunately, injury problems have slightly stunted the young man's progress. But when he's fit, he looks unplayable.

There's no doubt that he's going to be the heart of Real Madrid's defence in the future. Should his injury problems improve, he looks well on his way to becoming the best centre-back in the world.

CB: Aymeric Laporte

Athletic Bilbao have maintained their policy of only having Basque players, and this lad may be the best of the bunch. He is very capable of starting plays from the back as a ball-playing defender, and is a brick wall at the back. 

He has been attracting interest from some of the biggest sides in Europe, such as FC Barcelona. He could fit into a direct system or possessional system without any problems. Laporte is an excellent footballer who will be looking to justify his £32m price-tag further.

RM: Koke

Jorge Resurrección or as he's commonly known, Koke, has arguably been Atlético Madrid's best player over the past two seasons. His versatility and technique have been admirable and attracted the interest of Chelsea Football and FC Barcelona.

The startling Spaniard has scored three goals and made a very impressive 11 assists in all competitions this season for the red & white. His six goals and 13 assists in the Liga BBVA last season helped Atlético win an unforgettable league title.

The 22-year-old looks like the future of Spanish football and would be a very useful addition to any side in Europe. He is simply different class.

LM: Eden Hazard

This Belgian superstar has been on fire for Chelsea over the past 14 months. He struggled a bit in his first season for Chelsea, but since then, he's been unplayable. His pace, mazy runs and unrivalled confidence have made him a vital part of Chelsea's system.

He has received praise from the likes of Zinedine Zidane, and justifiably so. One must believe that Hazard will reach galactic heights in his career, especially over the next few years.

CM: Toni Kroos

The German international has been very consistent throughout his career and took a big step by signing for Real Madrid after an outstanding World Cup. Kroos is best known for his incredible passing range and tactical awareness. 

His intelligence has been vital to his progress as a footballer. He's improving everyday and would walk into almost any starting line-up in Europe. Kroos is only 24, but plays with the wisdom of a stalwart.

CM: Paul Pogba

Often described as Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest mistake, Paul Pogba has become more dynamic and versatile as the years have passed. In 2013, he was named 'European Golden Boy' and has recently signed a lucrative new contract with Juventus.

The explosive Frenchman is in high-demand, attracting the interest of Chelsea, Manchester City, and former club, Manchester United. He also won the award for best young player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is looking well on his way to becoming a real FIFA Ballon d'Or contender in the future. Paul Pogba is the real deal.

ST: Neymar

This man needs no introduction. His quick feet, clinical finishing and impressive composure have made one of the best footballers in the world, at the tender age of 22.

The explosive Brazilian scored 136 goals in 225 appearances for Santos and already has 11 goals in 12 games this season for FC Barcelona.

But perhaps most impressively, he has already put away 40 goals in 58 appearances for Brazil. A remarkable record. This man is breaking records constantly, and he's just getting better and better.

ST: Arkadiusz Milik

The young Polish striker certainly isn't the best known player in the world, but he is certainly one of the most talented around. He is already being likened to Robert Lewandowski, with many arguing that the two big men should start up front regularly for the Polish national team.

With 13 goals in 11 games for Ajax this season, and a goal in Poland's 2-0 win over Germany, Milik's reputation is ever-growing and he's looking a very exciting prospect.


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