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What Wembley deal means for England, Spurs, Chelsea


Mini Messi, Liverpool target Sessegnon star for England's young lions

England's remarkable summer of promise continued when the Under-19s won the European Championship in Georgia, beating Portugal 2-1 in the final.

They also beat Bulgaria, Netherlands, Germany and Czech Republic on the way to finish with a 100 percent record.

The majority of Keith Downing's squad are yet to make a significant impact at club level, but ESPN FC picked five standout players.

Marcus Edwards (Tottenham)

Nicknamed "Mini Messi" at Tottenham, the winger is probably the most talented player in Downing's squad.

"His qualities -- it's only looks, his body and the way that he plays -- [we] remember the beginning of Messi," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said last season, before handing Edwards a debut in the League Cup.

Like Messi, Edwards, 18, is a diminutive left-footer and a dribbler who loves to cut inside from the flank and finish with either foot. He scored doing just that against Bulgaria in the group stage but has largely been used as an impact substitute since. His brilliant assist for Lukas Nmecha's injury-time winner in the semifinal showed how important he remains to England's hopes.

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has backed the best young player in the Championship to develop into the best player in the world.

Sessegnon has rejected interest from Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United to stay at Craven Cottage, signing a new contract last month until 2020. The 17-year-old scored seven goals last season, despite being used carefully by Jokanovic, who usually used him at left-back. His explosive pace and calm finishing makes him a weapon further up the pitch, however, and Downing has used him on the wing to great effect. He already has scored three times at the finals, including two cool finishes in the space of three minutes against Germany.

Ryan Sessegnon has been a revelation for Fulham and attracted the interest of Liverpool.

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

The classy No. 10, 18, was Chelsea's captain and standout player in another FA Youth Cup-winning campaign last season, having been part of the team that won the trophy and the UEFA Youth League in the previous campaign.

Capable of threading a pass with either foot and a threat from direct free kicks, Mount signed a new contract this summer with Chelsea until 2021, but the 18-year-old has been linked with a loan move to get some first-team experience.

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest)

The striker quickly outgrew youth football, where he scored 15 goals in 20 appearances for the U21s before earning a promotion to the first team in January.

The 18-year-old has held his own in the hurly burly of the Championship, scoring three times, including the winner against Aston Villa. He has an impressive turn of pace and a keen eye for goal. Brereton also has three goals in the tournament, scoring the winner against Netherlands and a double against Germany. Despite links to Liverpool, he recently signed a new deal to stay at Nottingham Forest until 2021.

Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)

A deadline signing from Sheffield United in January, the Bournemouth teenager is rated as one of the best young goalkeepers in the country and a future England No. 1 by Eddie Howe.

"He is a good size and a good kicker, as well as being really good with his feet and a good shot-stopper. He has a very bright future. He will need some physical development in the next few months and years but he has all the attributes," explained the Cherries boss.

Ramsdale has already kept three clean sheets on route to the final, making a series of fine saves against the Czech Republic before England's winner.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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