Youth football expert earmarks one starlet for England World Cup pick

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Every player who will be selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad was a shining light of youth football and it is a testament to the system.

The Three Lions head to Qatar in November for the 2022 World Cup with all eyes on securing the famous trophy and ending 56 years of hurt.

Southgate has picked a fairly settled squad of players over the past 12 months since they were beaten on penalties in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley but form has not been great.

Youth football expert Harry Hudson, who founded the Kinetic Academy in South London, has earmarked Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott as somebody who could force his way onto the plane to Qatar with regular game time at Anfield.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how much Gareth Southgate values someone like Harvey Elliott who has been playing week in, week out,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids.

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“That could easily mean he gets an outside sniff (at the World Cup squad). Kalvin Phillips not playing much at Manchester City might put doubt over his spot.

“I’d like to see young players get the opportunity at the World Cup because sometimes they can be fearless but I wouldn’t necessarily want to be the one selecting that squad.”

The Premier League season pauses after 13 November to allow for players to play at the World Cup with the league returning on Boxing Day (26 December) for a hectic run-in to the end of the season.

In other Kinetic Academy news, AFC Wimbledon picked themselves up the 63rd graduate of the programme and Hudson was incredibly proud of the youngster heading to Plough Lane.