Young Player

Best Young Player Award

This award is given to the best young player in the tournament who is aged a maximum of 21 years. It is selected by the FIFA Technical Study Group.

It was awarded for the first time in the 2006 World Cup and was won by Germany's Lukas Podolski. FIFA recently retrospectively gave the trophy to past players via votes on the FIFA website. For the 1998 World Cup in France Michael Owen won the award for his performance.

For England this year there are only a couple of players that could shine in this category down to the age of Fabio’s squad and  the likely suspect is Theo Walcott.