The FA have unveiled their new crop to coincide with the start of the new season and are hoping to have them in the squad by the end of the month.
However, the FA have been quick to stress that the new crop is not a ‘fairy tale’.
It’s a good sign that some of the players are here and that they have a good chance of making their mark in the first team, which is why it is a good time to be talking about young players.
Here is a look at some of those youngsters, along with their roles in the team:Harrison Davies-Sampson (Swansea) – No.7.
Davies-Stamford is a big centre-back who has had a tough season and missed out on the England Under-21s squad due to injury.
He is one of the young players on the list.
Barry McCarthy (Sunderland) – The right-back is an attacking midfielder who was part of the England U20s squad.
He is one step away from making his debut.
James Vaughan-Hall (Walsall) – A left-sided midfielder who is also a centre-half.
He has been on the bench for the majority of the season and has struggled to find his feet.
James O’Connor (Wigan) – One of the best players on Wigan’s youth squad, O’Connors is one who has been missing for some time with injury.
He was a player who impressed with his pace and attacking style and is still young enough to be able to develop into a first-team player.
Olivier Giroud (Bournemouth) – Giroud is one the first-choice strikers for the Cherries and has impressed for the club with his defensive qualities.
He joined Wigan as a teenager and has been one of their best performers this season.
Nathan Byrne (Blackpool) – This is the young striker from the Blackpool academy who is on the brink of making his Premier League debut.
He joins on loan from Chelsea and has already impressed with some of his goals.
Anthony Pilkington (Brighton) – Another young striker who has impressed in the Championship.
Pilkingtons game is improving and he will be the man to beat in the midfield this season, but will have to wait until September to make his debut at the club.
Travis Barker (West Brom) – Barker has been playing at left-back for West Brom this season and was part a team that won the Championship title last season.
He also impressed for them with his defending.
Alex Smithies (Nottingham Forest) – Smithies has started every game this season for Nottingham Forest.
He scored the winner in the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea and helped the team to the FA Cup final last season too.
He joins on a season-long loan deal from QPR.
Jack Robinson (Derby) – Robinson has been a regular in the Derby first-tier and made the squad for the Capital League final.
He impressed in a 2-0 win over Wigan and has the quality to challenge for a starting spot.
He will be in the starting XI for the first time this season against Preston North End.
Mitch McCarthy (Watford) – McCarthy is another young striker on Watford’s first-division team.
He started the season with Watford in League One and is now enjoying a breakthrough season in the Premier League.
He made his Watford debut in a 3-1 victory over Leicester City in January and has scored nine goals in his last eight league appearances.
Joey Barton (Manchester City) – Barton has been in the Manchester City first-round squad for six years.
He made his debut in the Champions League against Manchester United in May, but the 19-year-old was a surprise inclusion for the Premier, and was on the pitch for just one minute.
Adam Matthews (Manchester United) – Matthews has been at Manchester United for a year now and is part of a side that have made it to the Europa League semi-finals in each of the last three seasons.
He scored his side’s only goal in the final against Borussia Dortmund last season and will be one of a handful of young United players who will be part of this squad.
Jermain Defoe (Newcastle) – Defoe was one of several Newcastle players who made their Premier League debuts in January.
He got his start with the Magpies as a 16-year old and has made a rapid rise from the academy to the first division.
He joined Newcastle on loan for the season, and is currently on loan at Sunderland.
Liam Moore (Bristol City) – Moore is another Newcastle player who is still just 16 years old.
He moved to Brentford as a 17-year, 10-goal striker, and made his Premier league debut in April 2016.