The FIFA 19 English wonderkids XI
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These are the Three Lions of the future according to EA Sports.
Finally, England produced a football team that fans could be proud of when they reached the 2018 World Cup semi-final. It was the culmination of an amazing year for the Three Lions at all levels – in 2017, both the U17s and U20s won the World Cup, while U19s lifted the European Championship.
England’s youth players clearly boast outstanding potential, and this is reflected in FIFA 19. We've created a great team from the homegrown wonderkids with the highest potential ratings for you to keep an eye on in Career Mode. Maybe this lot will go one step further than the senior team and actually lift the World Cup in 2022.
Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)
21-year-old Dean Henderson spent last year on loan with League One’s Shrewsbury, and this season, he’s playing in the Championship with Sheffield United. The England U-21 international remains a contracted Manchester United player, and enjoys improved attributes over last year, starting out with a 70 overall rating. This can rise into the low-mid 80s with the right training, turning him into a solid Premier League talent.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
It's hard to believe that Trent Alexander-Arnold is just 20 years old. The talented right-back has not only received Liverpool’s Young Player of the Season award for the past two years running, but also featured in last season’s Champions League final. Trent, who was part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad, begins with a 78 rating in FIFA 19, but this can push towards the low 90s, making him a true superstar in Career Mode.
RB/CB: Reece James (Wigan Athletic)
Chelsea right-back James is spending the season on loan at Championship side Wigan after signing a four-year deal with his parent club earlier this summer. The 18-year-old has a massive career ahead of him if EA Sports are to be believed, with his initial 64 rating able to rise into the mid-80s in time. The pacey defender – who can also play at centre-back in FIFA 19 – was part of England’s U-19 Euros win back in 2017, starting in the semi-final victory over the Czech Republic.
CB/RB: Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s Joe Gomez may have missed out on a World Cup spot earlier this year due to injury, but he has every chance of making his way to Euro 2020. The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Anfield side, and this is reflected in his rating, as he boasts an overall of 78 in central defence. That figure can reach the high 80s with enough effort, so be sure to utilise him.
LB: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Sessegnon’s default position in FIFA 19 is actually at left-wing, but he’s also highly proficient in a defensive role, where he burst onto the scene. Either way, the highly-talented 18-year-old is one of the most exciting English wonderkids in FIFA 19, boasting excellent pace and dribbling skills. The Fulham star has been allocated a rating of 75 in Career Mode, but hone his talents, and you’ll have a Premier League and England superstar in seasons to come.
LM: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Many wouldn’t have predicted the level of success 18-year-old Jadon Sancho would enjoy when he signed for Borussia Dortmund in August 2017. He’s since played a key part in the Bundesliga side’s early push for title glory, and made his senior England debut against Croatia in the Nations League. The ex-Man City star is equipped with a reasonable 73 rating in FIFA 19, but train him regularly, and this can rise into the high 80s in Career Mode.
CAM/CM: Phil Foden (Manchester City)
It takes something special to break into the Manchester City first team, and Phil Foden is certainly something special. The 18-year-old was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2017 after being voted the best player at the U-17 World Cup. Phil has yet to make a significant mark on the Premier League, and his rating reflects this (73), but his potential is significant, allowing him to reach an overall rating of around 88 in future seasons.
CAM/LW: Angel Gomes (Manchester United)
Despite having only made one Premier League appearance for Manchester United thus far, Angel Gomes has already found himself compared to club legend Paul Scholes. The 18-year-old played a part in England U-17s World Cup-winning campaign in 2017, but finds himself rated with a fairly poor 66 rating in FIFA 19 regardless. Gomes’ growth potential is massive, however, allowing him to develop into one of Career Mode’s top superstars.
LW/CAM/RW: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
Another of FIFA 19’s speedy wonderkids, Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates his 18th birthday next month. The Chelsea winger has made a handful of professional appearances for the Blues thus far, and is another who clinched the U-17 World Cup with England in 2017. Hudson-Odoi shares similarities with fellow winger Ryan Sessegnon in FIFA 19, starting out with a rating of 69, and potentially rising into the high 80s.
ST: Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
As this list has already shown, there are masses of English wonderkids in Liverpool’s ranks, including the likes of Dominic Solanke and Curtis Jones. Our pick of the attack-minded bunch is 18-year-old Rhian Brewster, who took the Golden Boot in England's 2017 U-17 World Cup campaign. His 62 rating can easily transform into an 84 in Career Mode, with the youngster packing excellent pace, dribbling and shooting abilities.
LW/ST: Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)
Marcus Rashford has featured in our English wonderkid lists for years at this point, and for good reason. The Manchester United star has played a key part in the Red Devils’ Premier League and Champions League campaigns for the past three seasons, and clinched his sixth senior England goal in the Nations League in October 2018. He’s an 81-rated left-winger by default in FIFA 19, but he’s just as good up front, and soon transforms into one of the world’s top forwards.
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