Ten Young Players To Look Out For This World Cup

June 10, 2018
First Published On: June 10, 2018
by Madilyn Simmons

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest international football tournament. It is a great accomplishment to get an opportunity to play in the biggest football tournament at a young age. It can be a launching pad for these young players. In today’s digest, we will be listing the ten young players to look out for World Cup 2018.


The World Cup is set to start on June 14, 2018. There are many experienced players in the field this year. However, here are the young players who may surprise you in the fields. Keep scrolling to know more.

1. Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe was born on December 20, 1998, and raised in Bondy, France. He will be representing his country in the World Cup this year at 19. The player began his career with Monaco in 2015. He later transferred to Paris Saint-German in 2017. Mbappe made his international debut for France in March 2017.

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CAPTION: Kylian Mbappe SOURCE: Daily Express

The forward ended his 2016/17 season with 44 matches and 26 goals. He was the second most expensive association football transfer with a fee of 180 million euros transferring from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain.

2. Gabriel Jesus

A native of Sao Paulo Brazil, Gabriel Jesus was born on April 3, 1997. He is a member of the Brazilian national team for World Cup 2018 at only 21. Jesus began his career in 2013 playing for Palmeiras. He later signed with Manchester City. He was voted the best newcomer in 2015.

CAPTION: Gabriel Jesus SOURCE: Daily Star

The player has won the title of season player in 2016. He also helped France win a gold medal in 2016 Summer Olympics, Jesus is definitely a young player to watch out for. He made his senior debut for Brazil in September 2016.

3. Marcus Rashford

Born on 31st October 1997 in Manchester, England, Marcus Rashford will proudly represent his country in FIFA World Cup this year at 20. Nevertheless, he began playing for Manchester United at the age of seven.

CAPTION: Marcus Rashford SOURCE: Stretty News

In Rashford’s international debut with England, he managed to score, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match. Now he has a wonderful chance to display his explosive forward play in the World Cup.

4. Rodrigo Bentancur

Rodrigo Bentancur, an Uruguayan football player was born on June 25, 1997. He plays as the midfielder for Italian club Juventus. Furthermore, Bentancur is a product of Boca Juniors. Currently, 20 years old, he has gotten the golden chance to represent his country in Russia this year.

CAPTION: Rodrigo Bentancur SOURCE: Goal

Betancur made his international debut during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. His tenacious and tactically versatile midfield play is a good addition to Uruguay’s national team.

5. Ousmane Dembele

A Vernon, France native, Ousmane Dembele was born on May 15, 1997. He plays as a forward for the France national team. After winning 20 caps and scoring five goals at youth level, he made his senior international debut in 2016.

CAPTION: Ousmane Dembele SOURCE: Metro

Dembele transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona for a total of 145 million Euros becoming the joint-second most expensive footballer ever alongside Paul Pogba. He is now set to play in the FIFA World Cup 2018.

6. Trent Alexander Arnold

Born on October 7, 1998, in Liverpool, United Kingdom, Trent Alexander is a right back for Liverpool. He won the club’s Young Player of the season award in 2017 and 2018. He represented his country at all youth levels from under-16 through to under-21.

CAPTION: Trent Alexander Arnold SOURCE: The Independent

FIFA World Cup 2018 will be Arnold’s first senior international debut with England’s national team at 19 years of age. His defensive awareness will give England an edge.

7. Goncalo Guedes

A native of Benavente, Portugal, Goncalo Guedes was born on November 29, 1996. At 21, Guedes will be representing Portugal in World Cup 2018. He began his career at Benfica in 2014 and later got transferred to Paris Saint- Germain. Guedes was then loaned to Spanish club Valencia in 2017.

CAPTION: Goncalo Guedes SOURCE: Daily Express

The winger has earned over 50 caps for Portugal at youth level, from under-15 to under-23. In 2015, he made his international debut for Portugal. His short stepping style is reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo.

8. Albert Gudmundsson

Albert Gudmundsson was born on June 15, 1997, in Iceland. Only 20 years old, he will be featured in Iceland’s national team for World cup 2018. He currently plays as a winger for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie.

CAPTION: Albert Gudmundsson SOURCE: Vovtbalzone

The World Cup will be his international debut. With great movement, the left winger is one to look out for this World Cup.

9. Youri Tielemans

Born on May 7, 1997, in Belgium, Youri Tielemans is a midfielder for Belgium national team. He is a youth product of Anderlecht. Tielemans has later transferred to club Monaco. With the title of Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year in 2017, he is considered one of the brightest young prospects.

CAPTION: Youri Tielemans SOURCE: Daily Star

Tielemans made his international debut in 2016. Now he will represent his country in Russia at the age of 21.

10. Wilfred Ndidi

A Nigerian footballer, Wilfred Ndidi was born on December 16, 1996. He is known for his versatility. He currently plays for Premier League club Leicester City as a midfielder. He began his career with the club Genk in 2015 and later transferred to Leicester City in 2017.

CAPTION: Wilfred Ndidi SOURCE: Daily Express

Winning the third best player the Belgian league for the 2015–16 season, he will be representing Nigeria in World Cup 2018 at only 21. Ndidi made his international senior debut in 2015.

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