July 24, 2017, 19:39

England U19s have won the European Championships – but who are the stars of the squad?

England U19s have won the European Championships – but who are the stars of the squad?

England have picked up more silverware this season. The U19 squad beat Portugal 2-1 in Saturday’s European Championship final to lift the trophy in Georgia.

Keith Downing’s side had a perfect record in the tournament, putting in impressive performances to beat Bulgaria and the Netherlands before thrashing Germany 4-1 to reach the latter stages.

On Wednesday, they booked their place in Saturday’s showpiece with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Czech Republic in their semi-final before rounding off the tournament with victory against Portugal to lift their first ever U19 Euros trophy.

We’ve picked out five of the standout players from the winning campaign….

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

The 17-year-old has come to prominence after a brilliant breakthrough season for Fulham in the Championship. He shone at both left-back and left-wing for the Whites last term, scoring seven goals in 30 appearances.

Those performances attracted the interest of a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham and Liverpool, but Fulham kept hold of their man, tying him to his first professional contract – a new three-year deal which keeps him at Craven Cottage until June 2020.

With his future settled, Sessegnon has been fully focused on England duty and he has been an influential member of the squad, scoring in both the wins over Bulgaria and Germany.

He scored three goals during the Young Lions’ run to the final.

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest)

Brereton is another who committed his long-term future just before this summer’s tournament, signing a new deal to stay at Nottingham Forest until 2021.

The 18-year-old forward emerged at The City Ground last season, scoring three times including the winner against Aston Villa in February, having only come into the first team at the turn of the year.

Before that the striker put in a number of impressive displays for Forest’s U23 side, scoring 15 times in 20 games which led to him being linked with a move to Liverpool.

Brereton also had three goals in the tournament, scoring the winner against Netherlands and a double in his side’s 4-1 thrashing of Germany.

Jay Dasilva (Chelsea)

The left-back signed for Chelsea in from Luton in 2012 as a U13 and was quickly fast-tracked into the Blues’ youth team as a 15-year-old.

He has been a key figure in Chelsea’s all-conquering youth side ever since, winning three FA Youth Cups and two UEFA Youth League titles.

The 19-year-old signed his first professional contract at Stamford Bridge in July 2015 and was described by former Arsenal striker Ian Wright as “a better player than any current Premier League left-back” following his performance for the Chelsea U19 team that beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Youth League final in 2015.

Dasilva, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Charlton in League One, is the captain of Downing’s side and played every minute of the tournament in a defence that conceded just two goals.

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Another member of Chelsea’s successful academy, Mount helped the team win the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup during the 2015/16 season.

The midfielder has worked his way through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and he captained the Blues to yet another FA Youth Cup success last season.

Highly-rated at Chelsea, the 18-year-old, who has been linked with a loan move to Vitesse Arnhem this summer, signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.

At the U19 Euros, Mount impressed in the 4-1 win over Germany, claiming three assists and did so again in the final, claiming assists for both England goals. He also scored in the 2-0 win over Bulgaria.

Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)

Ramsdale hit the headlines in January, joining Bournemouth from Sheffield United on deadline day for a fee believed to be in the region of £1m.

The 18-year-old made two FA Cup appearances for the Blades but is yet to make a league appearance as a professional, but that did not stop Eddie Howe from taking him to the Vitality Stadium.

Howe said: “Aaron is a talented young goalkeeper – one of the most talented young goalkeepers in the country.

“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.”

Ramsdale has made a number of key saves, helping England to three clean sheets on their run to the final.

Sourse: skysports.com

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