Jude Bellingham is the only Englishman named on 10-man shortlist for the Kopa Trophy at the 2023 Ballon d’Or awards, with just ONE Premier League star a candidate to be named the world’s best youngster
- The Real Madrid star was the only England player to feature on the shortlist
- The award was won by Spain and Barcelona star Gavi during last season
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The nominations for the 2023 Kopa Trophy – given to the best U21 player in world football – were revealed on Wednesday afternoon.
The 10-man shortlist was comprised of the best youngsters on the planet, who will all be vying to clinch the title won by Barcelona star Gavi last year.
Only one English player – Jude Bellingham – made the shortlist, following his tremendous campaign with Borussia Dortmund prior to his Real Madrid move.
The full list included: Alejandro Balde, Rasmus Hojlund, Pedri, Eduardo Camavinga, Xavi Simons, Jamal Musiala, Antonio Silva, Gavi, Elye Wahi and Bellingham.
Man United’s Hojlund – who completed a £72million move to Old Trafford this summer – is the only Premier League candidate on the list.
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Previous winners Gavi and Pedri – who both feature for Barcelona and Spain – made the list.
The Spanish league proved dominant in regard to the nominees – with five of the 10 players featuring in LaLiga.
Perhaps the most surprising inclusion was France forward Elye Wahi – who snubbed a move to the Premier League in favour of a move to Lens this summer.
More to follow…