When Raheem Sterling played for England schoolboys in the Victory Shield in 2009, few could have envisaged the varying careers of those teenagers involved.
The England youngsters won the tournament, but his team-mates didn’t manage to match the £49million star’s success.
Born in Togo, but represented England at junior level: Amenku came through the ranks at West Brom, but could not break into the first-team. After a failed trial at Swindon he joined Tamworth in the Conference North, but is now a free agent after leaving the Lambs in March.
The striker never made the grade at Arsenal and joined Charlton on a two-year deal upon his release by the Gunners in 2014, but managed no appearances prior to a loan move to Plymouth where he notch one goal in six outings. he is currently back at The Valley for the new season.
Certainly had the best name of the squad, but is another who struggled to make an impact at his first club. The Fulham defender is now in his second lengthy spell on loan at Yeovil Town having had his first taste of league football with Tranmere.
Son of former Spurs and Middlesbrough man Nick, the younger Barmby was a promising youngster at Manchester United, but was allowed to leave for Leicester City where he has played no games in a season there, but has had time on loan at Hartlepool and Rotherham.
Sterling will be reconnecting with his former England schoolboys team-mate Shay Facey at City, although the defender is currently at sister club New York City getting some much-needed experience.
A left-sided player from the renowned West Ham academy, who did play in a League Cup win over Crewe for the Hammers in 2011, but didn’t appear again and was released in February 2015. Fanimo’s other appearance as a professional footballer was ten minutes for Tranmere on loan.
Scored against Scotland in the Victory Shield to ensure England won the tournament. He was released by Blackburn at the age of 20 and hasn’t been seen since.
Despite not playing for Middlesbrough, he is still on the club’s books.
Another with little of a career to his name. Jordan spent time at Notts County and Forest Green Rovers, but never got any game time for first club Charlton. He can now be found playing in the Ryman League Division One South for Hythe Town.
QPR snapped him up as a teenager when Portsmouth had serious financial issues, but he didn’t progress at Loftus Road and was released in 2014. He earned a deal at Crystal Palace after a trial and spent last season in the development squad.
One of the few players to actually make it into the first team at the club he started out with. Wideman McFadzean broke into in the Sheffield United team in 2012, but failed to maintain his presence under Nigel Clough, who sent him out on loan to Chesterfield and Burton Albion.
The 21-year-old midfielder has had to bide his time at West Brom, but is expected to show what he can do by Tony Pulis this year after winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award.
Maverick midfielder Powell shone as a teenager at Crewe where he made his debut as a 16-year-old and helped them to promotion from League Two. Manchester United paid £4million for him, where he has shown glimpses of his talent. Powell enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Wigan, which he followed up with a terrible one at Leicester where his attitude was questioned.
Set to be a Premier League regular after helping Norwich to the top flight. Redmond started out at Birmingham, before earning his move to Carrow Road. Could get an England call-up if he impresses this season.
The forward started his career at West Ham, but was released, forcing him to try and make a name at Coventry following his release by the Hammers. He made just three appearances for the Sky Blues and is hoping to kick-start his career back in East London with League Two Leyton Orient.
Following an impressive year at Bradford on loan, Pickford has been granted some time between the sticks in a friendly by Dick Advocaat. Unlikely to make the No.1 spot at Sunderland his own in the near future, so could be sent out on loan again.
Another goalkeeper who has spent time out on loan, but has failed to get into the Sheffield United first team due to the likes of George Long and Mark Howard being ahead of him in the pecking order.
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