I wish I could decide my career like in Football Manager.

That was the thought of Christian Eriksen after he was unable to engineer a move away from Tottenham.

The transfer window slammed shut on Monday but Eriksen is still in the headlines.

 

TOP STORY – INTER EYE ERIKSEN BID

Inter are interested in making a January move for Tottenham star Eriksen, claims The Express.

Eriksen wanted to leave Spurs prior to the transfer window closing but a departure did not materialise amid reported interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.

Now, Antonio Conte's Inter could be willing to offer Eriksen a way out of London.

 

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- According to The Sun, Inter may have a battle to secure Eriksen's signature. Having been linked during the transfer window, Manchester United are reportedly preparing a shock move for the Spurs star in January.

- Marca says Neymar's father "harassed" Real Madrid with phone calls as a return to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain became more unlikely.

- AS reports that Mariano Diaz rejected a move to Schalke prior to Monday's transfer deadline day. The Bundesliga side wanted Diaz, however, the Real Madrid forward opted to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

- Yannick Bolasie turned down the chance to join Russian giants CSKA Moscow over racism fears, according to the Daily Mail. He decided to swap Everton for Sporting CP on loan instead.

- What is better than one Sessegnon? Two. After signing Ryan from Fulham, Tottenham are targeting his twin brother Steven Sessegnon, says The Sun.

Juan Miranda has joined Schalke on a two-season loan from LaLiga champions Barcelona.

Miranda, a highly rated defender who made 23 league appearances for Barcelona B last season, featured on the bench four times for the senior team in 2018-19 and played three times in the Copa del Rey and once in the Champions League.

The 19-year-old is due to be in the Bundesliga until 2021, with Schalke making Miranda their 10th signing of the window.

"Juan is one of the most talented left-backs in Spanish football right now. As a youngster, he has been a regular in Spain's Under-19 side and has also played for Barcelona's first team," head coach David Wagner told Schalke's official website.

"It's amazing that we've signed him. We will give him the time to adjust to life here in Germany so that he can reach his full sporting potential here."

"I'm happy that the deal is now done. I hope that we can have a good season and I can play my part," said Miranda, who will wear the number three shirt for his new club.

Miranda's Barca contract expires in 2021 but is extendable by two more years, with a €200million release clause included.

Schalke, who lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich last week, host Hertha Berlin on Saturday looking for their first win of the season.

A Schalke supporter submitted a complaint to police against the match officials who denied the club two penalties during Saturday's defeat to Bayern Munich.

Experienced referee Marco Fritz and video assistant Bastian Dankert have been accused by the supporter of fraud over their decisions in the Bundesliga encounter, police in Gelsenkirchen said.

Fritz turned down a pair of Schalke appeals for handball in the box - against Benjamin Pavard and Ivan Perisic - with Bayern leading by two goals in the second half.

Neither incident involved VAR intervention. Fritz later told German broadcaster ZDF he did not receive any alert of an error from Dankert.

The fan's protest to police was widely mocked on Tuesday.

"A Schalke fan made a complaint against the referee and video referee because of fraud," North Rhine-Westphalia Police confirmed on Twitter.

"Reason: two penalties that were not given against Bayern. Police are examining the case."

Another Twitter user who subsequently enquired about seeking police verdicts on other games was told by the force: "You can always contact us. We would also provide handkerchiefs if the last tears haven't yet dried."

In a sign the investigation was not being taken especially seriously, Schalke responded to the police statement by saying: "We've asked around internally. This was from none of us ... word of honour.

"The result of the investigation would still very much interest us, dear @polizei_nrw_ge!

"Possibly helpful: We know eyewitnesses who were at the scene of the crime at the time."

Bayern went on to win 3-0 courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick, his first a penalty following Jonjoe Kenny's challenge on Kingsley Coman.

Schalke boss David Wagner expressed dismay over the officiating, telling reporters: "Honestly, I'm looking forward to an explanation."

Robert Lewandowski talks over a contract extension at Bayern Munich are "95 per cent" done.

Poland striker Lewandowski played a starring role as Bayern rolled Schalke aside with minimal fuss in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick in the 3-0 win.

There was further reason for fan celebrations after the match as Lewandowski – who is contracted until 2021 – confirmed he is close to securing a reported two-year extension.

When it was put to him the deal was 99 per cent concluded, Lewandowski told Sky: "Not yet, maybe 95 per cent."

Lewandowski hit 22 goals last term to finish as the Bundesliga's top scorer and he is confident he will have another stellar campaign in 2019-20.

"I can always play better and I have the potential improve each season," he added. "I can do something special on my own every season, but I try to help the team. No matter who I play against, I always try to score goals."

His coach Niko Kovac was similarly upbeat about Lewandowski, saluting the 31-year-old's impact on German football.

"[His performance was] sensationally good, that's what he's there for," the Croatian said. "That's what he can do.

"He has already proved in the last five, six, seven years – I don't know how long he has been in Germany – that he's the best striker in the Bundesliga.

"Not only in the last game, but also today. His efficiency and accuracy are unique. We are glad that we have him and I hope that he will continue like this in the next weeks and months."

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick to take his goal tally to five in two games as he fired Bayern Munich to their first Bundesliga victory of the season in a 3-0 defeat of Schalke.

After finishing with his lowest goal return for four years in 2018-19, plundering 22 league goals, the Poland international has started the new campaign in electric form and Schalke failed to contain him.

Any hopes Schalke boss David Wagner had of taking points from his first home game in charge were cast into doubt when Lewandowski converted a first-half penalty.

The 31-year-old saved his best for the second half, when he curled a spectacular free-kick into the top corner and then added a third to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac took the opportunity to hand a debut to loanee forward Philippe Coutinho in the last 35 minutes, and after a frustrating start to the season the champions are starting to look more like themselves.

Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, heavily linked with a move to Bayern during the close season, made a good reaction save to keep a powerful Lewandowski header out after 15 minutes.

When Schalke's loanee full-back Jonjoe Kenny made a clumsy sliding challenge on Kingsley Coman four minutes later the referee had no option but to award a penalty that Lewandowski calmly stroked into net.

The second half was just four minutes old when Corentin Tolisso won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, prompting Lewandowski to unleash a scintillating strike that swerved away from Nubel and into the top-left corner.

With 15 minutes left, Coman burst down the right and crossed to the edge of the box where Lewandowski had time to take a touch before rattling a low shot into the bottom-right corner of the net to add gloss to the result.

 

What does it mean? Normal service resumed

After defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup and a draw with Hertha Berlin in their season opener, Bayern put paid to suggestions that they are on the wane with a calm, confident victory.

Lewandowski like a fine wine

Bayern's dependence on Lewandowski for firepower is often viewed as a weakness in their squad, but when he is in this kind of form that argument falls flat.

Toffee unstuck

Everton loanee Kenny enjoyed a clean sheet on his Schalke debut in a goalless draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, but his sloppy challenge on Coman ended any chance of another.

What's next?

Struggling Mainz travel to Munich for a clash with the champions on Saturday, while Schalke entertain Hertha.

Borussia Dortmund have been drawn against Borussia Monchengladbach in the second round of the DFB-Pokal, while holders Bayern Munich will travel to second-tier side Bochum.

Dortmund saw off lower-league opposition Uerdingen in the first round but have a far tougher test to come against Gladbach in one of two all-Bundesliga ties.

Bayern continue the defence of their crown with a trip to Bochum, who they beat en route to winning the competition in 2015-16.

Elsewhere, last season's beaten finalists RB Leipzig will take on top-flight rivals Wolfsburg for a place in round three.

The two remaining semi-professional sides in the competition, FC Saarbrucken and Verl, were paired with Koln and Holstein Kiel respectively in Sunday's draw.

The games will be played on October 29 and 30.

 

Draw in full:

Kaiserslautern v Nurnberg
Verl v Holstein Kiel
MSV Duisburg v TSG Hoffenheim
Saarbrucken v Koln
Darmstadt 98 v Karlsruher SC
Bayer Leverkusen v Paderborn
Freiburg v Union Berlin
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Erzgebirge Aue
Bochum v Bayern Munich
Arminia Bielefeld v Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hertha Berlin v Dynamo Dresden
Wolfsburg v RB Leipzig
Werder Bremen v Heidenheim
Hamburger SV v Stuttgart
St. Pauli v Eintracht Frankfurt

David Wagner hopes Jurgen Klopp can end Liverpool's wait for a Premier League title this season but acknowledges it will be tough in an "unpredictable" division.

Liverpool have not won the English top flight since the 1989-90 season, finishing just one point short of domestic treble-winners Manchester City last season.

The Reds claimed the Champions League - their sixth such triumph - but there is a desire to conquer the domestic league again.

Wagner is a friend and former colleague of Liverpool boss Klopp and will be supporting them in the coming campaign.

"I don't really believe, but I can hope Jurgen Klopp will go even further and win the Premier League title," he told Omnisport.

"But I know it's anything but easy. He will work very hard on it with his boys, but this league is so unpredictable.

"There are so many big games and then there are the games against those apparently 'small clubs', who are great, too. It is such a tough league.

"What Klopp has shown so far is incredible and I really wish for him to become [a] champion. But I don't know if it will actually happen."

Wagner left the Premier League as Huddersfield Town tumbled towards relegation last season.

He is now back coaching with Schalke, the bitter rivals of Borussia Dortmund, where he and Klopp were last united, but insists a return to the Bundesliga is not a backwards step.

"No, it's not a step back at all," he said.

"If I didn't want to do it, then I wouldn't have done it.

"Nobody said that I had to say 'yes' here. That was not the case. I wanted to have it that way.

"I do not see it as a step backwards either. But I do understand, and it's not a secret that the Premier League is currently the best in purely sporting terms.

"The number of top players there is outstanding and the coaches are of the highest quality. There's no denying that."

David Wagner has named Alexander Nubel as Schalke's new captain as the goalkeeper continues to follow in Manuel Neuer's footsteps.

Nubel made 18 Bundesliga starts last season and enters the new campaign as the undisputed number one following Ralf Fahrmann's move to Norwich City on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old will also don the armband, which Neuer did for Schalke before moving to Bayern Munich eight years ago.

Comparisons have been drawn between the pair and Bayern are said to have a high opinion of Germany Under-21 international Nubel.

Head coach Wagner also confirmed defender Benjamin Stambouli and midfielder Omar Mascarell as joint vice-captains.

"I'm very excited that these three will lead our team during the new season," the former Huddersfield Town boss said.

Sebastian Rudy will spend the 2019-20 season on loan at Hoffenheim, who have re-signed him from Schalke.

Rudy enjoyed seven seasons with Hoffenheim before joining Bayern Munich in 2017.

He is heading back to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena after the season-long loan deal was announced on Wednesday.

"Last season did not go optimally for me, which makes me all the more motivated to return to my former strength here at my former club," Rudy told Hoffenheim's official website.

"To that end, the conditions here at Hoffenheim are almost perfect – I know the people and conditions at the club, and I know that me and my way of playing football are valued here.

"I'm looking forward to working together with Alfred [Schreuder] and his coaching staff, and so far I've only heard good things from my former colleagues."

Rudy signed a four-year deal to wrap up a transfer to Schalke from Bayern Munich worth a reported €16million in August 2018.

But the midfielder started only 17 Bundesliga games for the club and has been given the green light to depart on loan.

"Sebastian Rudy has certainly not had an easy year at Schalke," said the club's sporting director Jochen Schneider. "Unfortunately, the 2018-19 season didn't go the way that Sebastian wanted, the way the team nor the rest of us were hoping for.

"When he came to us and told us of his wish to be loaned out to his former club, Hoffenheim, for 11 months, we complied. We wholeheartedly wish Sebastian a successful season in his old home."

Rudy has played 27 matches for Germany, but the 29-year-old is yet to feature for his country since making a single appearance during their poor performance at the 2018 World Cup.

 

Norwich City have signed Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann on a season-long loan.

Schalke extended Fahrmann's contract to 2023 on Friday but have allowed the club captain to spend the 2019-20 season in the Premier League.

Fahrmann follows Patrick Roberts and Josip Drmic to Carrow Road as Daniel Farke's Canaries continue to strengthen after winning the Championship title.

"I'm really glad and proud to sign here," Fahrmann, who will compete with Tim Krul for the gloves, told the Norwich club website.

"To be a part of the Premier League, I think it's a wonderful thing for all, not only for me but also for the fans and supporters of Norwich City. There were a few clubs who showed interest in me, but Norwich gave me a very familiar feeling and that was the reason why the decision was easy for me.

"I was at my old club for a really long time, over 14 years, and it felt like it was time for something new. Therefore, it was the perfect time now with Norwich in the Premier League. I've heard only the best things about the city and I'm looking forward to getting to know Norwich better.”

Schalke, whose 22-year-old goalkeeper Alexander Nubel has been linked with Bayern Munich, quickly moved to bolster their options between the posts.

The Bundesliga side have brought in Markus Schubert, who has agreed a four-year deal with Schalke after his contract at Dynamo Dresden expired.

"We are very happy to have signed an outstanding goalkeeping talent with Markus Schubert," said sporting director Jochen Schneider.

"An important factor in the commitment of Markus was the verdict of our goalkeeping coach Simon Henzler, who holds a great opinion of him."

Of Fahrmann's departure, Schneider added: "With the contract extension, we have implemented our commitment. Ralf is a figure of identification as a strong piece of Schalke.

"It will still be strange to see him in another jersey next season. We sincerely wish him a successful Premier League season and look forward to his return in summer 2020."

The race for Manchester United star Paul Pogba is heating up.

LaLiga giants Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus are vying for Pogba's signature.

But Juventus are looking to steal a march on Real Madrid by offering one of their stars in exchange.

 

TOP STORY – DYBALA FOR POGBA?

After Real Madrid reportedly offered Gareth Bale to Manchester United in a swap deal for Paul Pogba, Juventus have countered.

According to Marca, Juve have put forward Paulo Dybala in an attempt to prise Pogba back to Turin following his €105million departure in 2016.

Dybala has struggled since Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival and Juventus are determined to add Pogba to Maurizio Sarri's midfield.

 

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- The Guardian says Frank Lampard will be announced as Chelsea boss on Thursday. Blues great Lampard was seen at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

- Arsenal are set to make an improved bid for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney after their £15million offer was rejected, according to the Mirror.

- AS reports Real Madrid and Tottenham have opened discussions regarding Dani Ceballos, who is surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Spurs star Christian Eriksen was not discussed.

- Southampton have not made an offer for AC Milan forward Andre Silva, according to the Daily Echo.

- Juventus are preparing to make a move for unwanted Inter star Mauro Icardi, claim La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere Torino, Sport Mediaset and Rai Sport. With Antonio Conte determined to make space for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku in Milan, Juve are reportedly willing to offer Icardi a salary of €8m per year.

- Sport Italia reports AC Milan have approached Schalke about centre-back Matija Nastasic after being put off by the price of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic could be set for a return to the Bundesliga, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Borussia Dortmund are reportedly pushing to sign the 33-year-old former Bayern Munich star, who only signed a new deal in Turin in April.

- According to the Sun, Leicester City have been quoted £40m for Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk as Harry Maguire continues to be linked with Manchester United and Manchester City.

Schalke have announced the signing of Ozan Kabak, the centre-back joining from Stuttgart having previously been linked to Manchester United.

Kabak was unable to help Stuttgart stave off relegation from the Bundesliga last term but impressed enough to be touted as a target to several top clubs.

Bayern Munich were reportedly interested in the 19-year-old with AC Milan and West Ham among the other sides said to be keen on Kabak.

The Turkish defender, however, has opted for Schalke where he will link up with former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner for 2019-20.

Kabak started his career at Galatasaray and was named the Bundesliga's Rookie of the Season last term despite making only 15 appearances.

Schalke's sporting director Jochen Schneider indicated the club had to fight off a lot of competition to seal Kabak's signing.

"We are very happy that we have managed to win one of the biggest current European talents for Schalke," he told the club's website. "Despite very well-known competitors, Ozan Kabak deliberately chose our club.

"My thanks go especially to head coach David Wagner and Michael Reschke as technical director, who convinced Ozan decisively that the step to Schalke is the right one for him."

Sunday was a busy day for Schalke - who finished a disappointing 14th last season - with the club also confirming United States international Weston McKennie has signed a new five-year deal.

"The decision was very easy for me because I was constantly allowed to enjoy incredibly great support from the fans," said the 20-year-old, who is on international duty at the Gold Cup. "The staff were also always behind me. I'm looking forward to everything that's coming."

McKennie will be in action for the USA as they face Curacao for a place in the Gold Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

Swiss forward Breel Embolo has been backed to capitalise on his "fresh start" after joining Borussia Monchengladbach from Schalke.

Embolo, who arrived at Schalke from Basel in 2016, endured a injury-hit time at Veltins-Arena and managed only 48 Bundesliga games across his three seasons at the club.

The 22-year-old scored 10 league goals during that time but will now aim to impress at Monchengladbach, who recently lost Embolo's Switzerland team-mate Josip Drmic on a free transfer to Norwich City.

"We've known Breel Embolo for a number of years and continued to track him during his time at Schalke," said Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl.

"He's had a lot of misfortune with injuries in recent years and obviously we had to take a really close look at his physical condition.

"We're in no doubt we can offer him a fresh start and that he'll bring us a lot of joy. He's quick, strong and a goal threat - and is a great fit for our squad."

Embolo becomes Monchengladbach's third signing of the close season following the arrivals of right-back Stefan Lainer and Max Grun.

He could have an early chance to face his old club, with Monchengladbach to host Schalke in their opening Bundesliga fixture.

Bayern Munich will launch their Bundesliga title defence with a home match against Hertha Berlin.

That match gets the campaign under way on Friday, August 16, and was announced when the new season's fixtures were released on Friday.

The champions head to Schalke on the second weekend before returning to the Allianz Arena to face Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund, who faded badly in the second half of last term, could field new signings Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz in their first outing at home to Augsburg.

Lucien Favre's side then meet two promoted sides in Cologne and Union Berlin. Union Berlin's top-flight debut begins with a visit from Julian Nagelsmann's RB Leipzig.

Leipzig's other early opponents include Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt and a team that narrowly missed out on the Bundesliga top four in 2018-19, Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dortmund kept the title race alive until the final day last season and will view their two Der Klassiker dates against Bayern as crucial to mounting another challenge.

The initial encounter takes place in Bavaria between November 8 and 10, with the reverse fixture scheduled for April 3-6.

Before then - on the last weekend in October - comes the first Ruhr derby as Dortmund look to atone for their costly April loss to close rivals Schalke.

Other opening weekend fixtures see Bayer Leverkusen entertain promoted Paderborn, with Werder Bremen welcoming Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner goes to Gladbach for his first Bundesliga match in charge of Schalke.

 

Bundesliga 2019-20 opening round in full:

Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin
Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen v Paderborn
Borussia Monchengladbach v Schalke
Wolfsburg v Cologne
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hoffenheim
Werder Bremen v Fortuna Dusseldorf
Freiburg v Mainz
Union Berlin v RB Leipzig

Luka Jovic was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Wednesday, and Los Blancos' new striker is one of the headline names taking part in the Under-21 European Championship.

The tournament starts on Sunday, with Poland taking on Belgium before hosts Italy face Spain; Jovic's first taste of the competition will come when Serbia play against Austria in Group B on Monday.

But Jovic is not the only young star who is looking to shine at this event, with Manchester City's Phil Foden likely to be a key cog in England's midfield, while Sandro Tonali is one of Italy's brightest prospects.

And, ahead of the tournament, we have taken a look at the main players who will be looking to make an impact for each side.

GROUP A

Belgium – Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht)

Anderlecht are no strangers to a teenage star becoming a key man; think Romelu Lukaku, Aleksandar Mitrovic or Youri Tielemans. Verschaeren is the next such prospect and his form has been so impressive that he could feature for Belgium at this tournament, despite being just 17. He is not yet capped at under-21 level, but that will soon change in the coming weeks for the silky attacking midfielder.

Italy – Sandro Tonali (Brescia)

Despite only turning 19 last month, Tonali has already established himself in Brescia's first team. He was a revelation in Serie B in 2018-19, helping his side to the title and subsequent promotion. A technically gifted midfielder who has been likened to Azzurri great Andrea Pirlo, Tonali is sure to be central to most of the host nation's play throughout the competition.

Poland – Sebastian Szymanski (Dinamo Moscow)

While many players at this tournament might hope to earn a move with their performances, Szymanski has already done that. Dinamo Moscow paid a reported €5.5million to Legia Warsaw for the talented playmaker just a few weeks ago, having emerged as one of the primary talents in the Ekstraklasa. A fine dribbler, agile and possessor of great vision, the 20-year-old – who was in Poland's preliminary squad for last year's World Cup – will be key for his side.

Spain – Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb)

Dinamo Zagreb have a fine reputation for developing young players and Olmo is the latest. The winger left Barcelona at 16 to move to Croatia and it appears to be working out, having established himself as a key player. Good on the ball and an able goalscorer, Olmo might not be one of the household names in Spain's squad, but that could be about to change.

GROUP B

Austria – Dario Maresic (Sturm Graz)

Although critics say Maresic did not enjoy the best of seasons at Sturm Graz, the centre-back is impressively experienced for a 19-year-old, having been around the first-team since he was 16. A fine ball-playing defender, Maresic has often been linked with German and English clubs – this might be his best chance to impress yet.

Denmark – Joachim Andersen (Sampdoria)

Robert Skov's goals will be vital if Denmark are to make a splash in Italy, but they will also need to be solid at the back – that's where Andersen comes in. Signed from Twente in 2017, the Sampdoria centre-back enjoyed a breakout season in 2018-19, catching the eye with his ability to play out from the back. Arsenal are reportedly interested, but an impressive tournament could see his price tag continue to rise.

Germany – Alexander Nubel (Schalke)

Among the players going head-to-head with Jovic in the group stage will be Nubel, who enjoyed a breakthrough season with Schalke in the Bundesliga, unseating Ralf Fahrmann. Nubel made nine appearances in qualifying, conceding just seven goals and keeping five clean sheets, and could well be on course to prove himself as Manuel Neuer's heir apparent.

Serbia – Luka Jovic (Real Madrid)

Jovic's sensational form for Eintracht Frankfurt has earned the 21-year-old a mega-money move to Madrid. The former Benfica youngster scored 27 goals in all competitions for Frankfurt last term, and has also netted twice for the senior international team. With seven goals in qualifying, and riding the crest of a wave, Jovic will be aiming to drag Serbia deep into the competition, and he certainly has the talent to do so.

GROUP C

Croatia – Lovro Majer (Dinamo Zagreb)

The second Zagreb player to feature on this list, Majer's style of play has drawn comparisons to that of Luka Modric, who of course led Croatia to the World Cup final at Russia 2018. But Zlatko Dalic's team is an ageing one, and midfielder Majer, who made his international debut in 2017, could well be in line to play a key part in the senior squad in years to come.

England – Phil Foden (Manchester City)

There has been plenty of clamour for Foden to get more first-team opportunities at Manchester City in recent seasons, but Pep Guardiola has understandably taken his time in introducing the 19-year-old into a side that swept up four domestic trophies last term. Foden was a huge part in England winning the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, and Aidy Boothroyd is almost certain to turn to the playmaker to be England's creative fulcrum in their bid to win silverware.

France – Houssem Aouar (Lyon)

From one current City player, to a youngster that has been linked with a move to the Premier League champions. Aouar has been a consistent performer since establishing himself in Lyon's side during 2017-18, and is sure to be the one France look to supply the firepower for his club-mate Moussa Dembele. The 20-year-old, who is an exceptional passer, also thrives on getting among the goals, scoring 14 times in all competitions for Lyon over the course of the past two seasons.

Romania – Florinel Coman (Steaua Bucharest)

Winger Coman reportedly has a €100m release clause in his contract with Steaua Bucharest, whom he joined in 2017. A tricky, quick player with an eye for goal - he scored 12 across all competitions last term - he is without a doubt Romania's shining light heading into the tournament.

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