STARLETS WHO SHONE IN 2018
We look at 10 youngsters who impressed at this year’s FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups
Winner of both the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Boot at France 2018, the Spain midfielder was truly outstanding. Vision, athleticism and goalscoring ability mark her out as a future star of the women’s game.
The skilful and industrious Manchester City forward specialises in spectacular goals, and she scored six times to help England to an impressive third-place finish.
The young England goalkeeper was rewarded with the adidas Golden Glove award for some superb saves in France, including two in the shootout win over the hosts that secured her team’s best-ever U-20 Women’s World Cup finish
It seemed everything in Spain’s title-winning U-17 Women’s World Cup side revolved around Pina. Speedy, skilful and composed in front of goal, the Barcelona youngster was named the tournament’s outstanding player after tallying seven goals and an assist.
Fast, athletic and packing a powerful shot, the striker inspired New Zealand to a historic bronze-medal finish with a brace in their third-place play-off win over Canada. She also picked up two Player of the Match awards over the course of the Kiwis’ campaign.
BIG STAGE BECKONS
Will any of these youngsters be called upon to represent their senior sides at the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup?