8 English Youth Players Playing Abroad

English Youth Players Playing Abroad

We often see players from all over the world joining Premier League clubs but how many English players are in European clubs? Today we look at English youth players playing abroad.

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Taylor Moore (Lens) – Centre Back

Born in London but moved to France as a 7-year-old. Moore is equally comfortable in defence or midfield and made his first-team debut for Lens, starting in an away match against Lille playing out of position at right back.  He was a part of the U-17 team that won European Championships in 2014.

Mandela Egbo (Mönchengladbach) – Right Back

Egbo moved from Crystal Palace to Germany to improve his chances of finding first-team football. The right-back won the Eagles’ Scholar of the Year award in 2013 and was promoted to their U21 side. Won the 2014 UEFA U17 European Championship with England.

Danny Collinge (Stuttgart) – Centre Back

Moved to Stuttgart in Germany to play in their U17 team from MK Dons in 2014. England Under-19’s international.

Jack Harrison (New York City) – Midfielder

Harrison spent seven years in the academy system at Manchester United before moving to the United States at the age of 14. The only freshman to have made any of the three All-American teams while at Collage. Joined New York City in 2016 and became their first teenage scorer when he scored his first professional goal on his first professional start.

Maiki Fernandez (Valencia) – Midfielder

Born to an English mum and a Spanish dad in Bradford. At the age of three, his family made the move to Madrid. Spent time with Real Madrid, Benidorm CF, Alicante and turned down Barcelona before join Villarreal at the age of 13 before leaving for two seasons with Hércules CF. At 16, he was a Valencia player, joining thier Juvenil B side and where he is now playing for their B team.

Accepted the invitation to train with England’s under 18 team but has now been capped by Spain U19’s.

Callum Douglas (Elche) – Forward

Douglas moved to Spain when he was younger with his family. Scoring over 45 times for Elche’s youth side in one season. Reported to have had a trial with Newcastle in 2015.

Jordan Brown (Hannover 96) – Forward

Joined the West Ham from Arsenal in 2013he considered there would be greater opportunities to play football. Made one senior appearance for boss Slaven Bilic’s side last season brfore signing for German side Hannover.

Harrison Heath (Orlando City) – Midfielder

Heath spent time with the youth teams of Houston Dynamo, Orlando City and Norwich City, where he won the 2013 FA Youth Cup, before signing with Orlando City. Son of ex-footballer Adrian Heath.

6 English players over 21 who started in Europe….

Jamie Forrester – Auxerre

Eric Dier – Sporting Lisbon

Ben Greenhalgh – Inter Milan

Charlie I’Anson – Elche

Dale Jennings – Bayern Munich

Sonny Pike – Ajax




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Football has been my ultimate passion since day one. Football really started becoming a huge part of my life when I was 14, but with the Internet not being as prominent at the time, I had a hard time finding pertinent information. And this is exactly how Football-Wonderkids came about. As the website’s Founder, I’m on a mission to curate information on current youth players across the globe and make it readily available all in one place.

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