Are you the ultimate football fan? Do you recognise these England stars from when they were young?
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Gareth Southgate’s England are currently preparing for Euro 2024 after they recently qualified for the tournament.
The Three Lions’ 3-1 win over Italy back in October sealed their spot in Germany next year, where they’ll be looking to go one step further than at Euro 2020.
Southgate’s side will be hopeful of beating North Macedonia in their final qualifier on Monday night, in a bid to give themselves the best chance of getting in the top six seeding of the competition.
For those selected next year, representing their nation a major tournament is something they would have dreamed about since they were a child.
And so, here, Mail Sport has pulled out photos of several of England’s stars when they were kids. But, can you guess which superstar is which?
England qualified for Euro 2024 after a 3-1 win against Italy at Wembley back in October
England boss Gareth Southgate is blessed to have such a plethora of talent to choose from
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This player has been a mainstay of the England team since Gareth Southgate took over in 2016
This player has been one of Gareth Southgate’s first choice players since he took over in 2016.
While he has received a lot of stick over the years due to the odd off day at the office, there is now little debate over his position.
He played every game for England at the World Cup last year – where they were eventually beaten by France in the quarter finals.
This player (middle) has already experienced two Premier League relegations in his relatively short career
This player has already experienced two Premier League relegations in his relatively short career.
He has won four England caps – with his last appearance coming in an international fixture earlier this summer.
He is highly-regarded and it is likely that he will be name in Southgate’s final squad for the Euros next year.
After making his debut in 2018, this player has only won 21 caps for the Three Lions
This player is highly regarded as one of the best in the world in his position.
Despite excelling for his club, he has not always been a preferred choice under Southgate and has won just 21 caps since making his debut five years ago.
This player has already won a Champions League and Premier League despite only being 25.
This member of the squad played for Manchester City but never appeared for the first team
This player has helped to give many England fans the best moment they have experienced when following their country.
He has been voted into the PFA’s Championship Team of the Year on two occasions but he has only won one trophy – a trophy that was won outside of England.
He counts Manchester City among his former clubs but never made a first team appearance for them.
This player (R) is expected to represent England in a different position to the last World Cup
This player made his debut for the Three Lions back in 2015.
While he was a regular under Roy Hodgson, he has been in and out of Gareth Southgate’s side over the years.
This player also spent a period of his career on loan at Everton, but failed to make an appearance for the first team.
This player has won 59 caps for England since making his national team debut in 2014
This player has been a regular for his country ever since making his national team debut in 2014.
Despite being 29-years-old, this player has won 69 England caps.
This squad member has developed an impressive partnership in his position for the Three Lions with a player from the rivals of his club team.
This player became the first player from his club to represent England in 30 years
This player now plays plies his trade in the Championship.
He was a member of the England Under-17 side that won the Euros in 2010, while he has a winning medal in the Championship.
When he made his debut for England in 2020, he was the first player from his club to play for England in 30 years.
This player has only made four appearances for England despite being a Premier League star
This player has shined for a top six Premier League club ever since his move two years ago.
He is a versatile player, able to play in different positions including in midfield.
At 26-years-old, this player has only made four appearances for his country
This player once had the tag of being the most expensive teenager in world football
This player was not a popular choice for Jose Mourinho when he played under the Portuguese manager.
He has three England goals to his name, but has only won 31 England caps in nine years.
He was also once the most expensive teenager in world football.
This player was a surprise inclusion in the last World Cup in Qatar
This player was a surprise inclusion in the last World Cup.
He enjoyed impressive loan spells with Charlton, Swansea City and West Brom, before a fruitful stint in the Premier League with another London club.
Since his debut in 2021, this player has featured 10 times for the Three Lions.
This player (bottom left) won three full caps for a country other than England, before pledging his allegiance to the Three Lions
This player has been a mainstay of Gareth Southgate’s side over recent years.
This player also won three full caps for a country other than England, before pledging his allegiance to the Three Lions.
He made a big money move to a top six Premier League team earlier this summer.
This squad member was voted England Men’s Player of the Year in 2021, following his exploits at Euro 2020
This player rarely features for his domestic side – but still seems to find a place in Southgate’s team.
He has won 30 England caps since making his debut back in 2020.
He was voted England Men’s Player of the Year in 2021 after his superb performances at Euro 2020.
This player is the second former Sunderland youth product to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the last World Cup
This player is the second former Sunderland youth product to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the last World Cup.
He was runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2020.
This squad member has won both the Premier League and Champions League and recently left the Premier League.
This player has won a Champions League final but lost in the Championship play-off final
This player’s friendship with a member of Gareth Southgate’s starting XI is well-publicised after they played together in the same youth team.
He played at his first World Cup last year but also represented the Three Lions at Euro 2020.
This member of the squad has won a Champions League final but lost in the Championship play-off final.
This member of Southgate’s squad has never played a minute of Premier League football
This player scored England’s first goal at the World Cup in Qatar.
He made his England debut in 2020 and has already won 27 caps.
This member of the squad had his shirt number retired when he left his previous club. He now plays for one of the biggest clubs in world football.
Despite being named in the 26-man England squad for the 2022 World Cup – this player did not make an appearance
This player won his first international cap back in 2019. However, he has only gone on to make just 5 appearances for Southgate’s side.
Despite being named in the 26-man England squad for the 2022 World Cup – he did not make an appearance.
He recently secured a move to a top six Premier League club during the summer.
This player represented a different nation at youth level, before committing to England
This player is a fan favourite ever since his Three Lions debut in 2020.
He previously represented another nation at youth level, but pledged his allegiance to England back in 2015.
This member of the squad also holds the unwanted record of being the first player to lose 20 straight Premier League matches in a row.
The player in this photo has scored more than 100 goals for the club he currently plays for
This player is one of only three in the squad to have not played in the Football League or made their debut in an EFL competition.
He has also scored more than 100 goals for the club he plays for.
This player has one Premier League goal so far this season.
We are yet to see this player in his best form in an England shirt, but he has 29 caps to his name
This player has long been tipped for stardom and won the under-17 World Cup back in 2017.
He has already won five Premier League titles despite being aged just 23.
This member of the squad has scored four times in 29 England caps and we are perhaps yet to see the best of him in a Three Lions shirt.
This player has been involved in eight goals so far this season in the Premier League for his side
This player was voted as England Men’s Player of the Year for 2022.
He has been involved in eight goals so far this season in the Premier League.
This member of the squad is a fan favourite for both his club and country but missed a key penalty in the Euro 2020 final.