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World Cup A-Z: Y is for Youth

YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE: England Under-17s made history with a stunning World Cup final success in 2017...

YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE: England Under-17s made history with a stunning World Cup final success in 2017...

We continue our A-Z of the World Cup with a look at City's youthful representation..

Y is for Youth

Our boys in blue are no strangers to success on the international stage, with several of our current senior stars having tasted success at youth level.

Sergio Aguero, Danilo, Phil Foden and Fernandinho have all experienced youth World Cup final glory, while Gabriel Jesus and David Silva have silver medals, others have found the net and a former Blue masterminded his side to an historic victory as manager last year.

Kun in fact earned back-to-back titles with Argentina, clinching the 2005 and 2007 U20 competitions. He received the Golden Boot and Golden Ball with a stunning six goals in the 2007 tournament, including a goal in the final, which also earned him the FIFA Young Player of the Year gong. City legend Pablo Zabaleta accompanied Aguero in the 2005 campaign.

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Foden, playing alongside City Academy stars Joel Latibeaudiere and Curtis Anderson, bagged twice in the 2017 U17 final triumph over Spain, as England (under the management of ex-City man Paul Simpson) sensationally came from 2-0 down to produce a superb comeback and make history with a 5-2 win. With a string of eye-catching performances, Foden scooped the Golden Ball award.

Fernandinho has also scored in a final, bagging the winner in Brazil's U20 success in 2003, after being introduced from the bench with 20 minutes remaining. Gabriel Jesus and Danilo both netted in the 2015 U20 competition, with the full-back also having scored in the 2011 edition as Brazil emerged victorious. (The Selecao did not take part in 2013).

Former Blues Kelechi Iheanacho and Danny Allsopp (a blast from the past!) also boast Golden glory – Iheanacho for his impressive displays for Nigeria in the 2013 U17 competition, and Allsopp for his goalscoring exploits for Australia’s U17s in 1995.

Raheem Sterling has netted on the youth World Cup stage too with England U17s, bagging twice in the 2011 tournament in Mexico – as has David Silva (who also claimed the 2003 U17 Bronze Ball).

Other notable City-linked youth World Cup goalscorers include: Paul Dickov (a 1989 U16 runner-up, who scored in the final), Carlos Tevez, Jamie Pollock, Marc-Vivien Foe, DaMarcus Beasley, Stephen Elliott, Maicon, Alex Nimley, Yaw Yeboah and Geovanni.

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