England youngsters Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho have both been included in the shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award, along with five other Premier League stars.
The attacking duo join the 20-strong lineup with some of Europe’s hottest talents, including Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland.
Man Utd forward Greenwood, 19, is joined by close friend Phil Foden, 20, of Man City, just weeks after they were sent home from international duty after breaching lockdown rules in Iceland.
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka make up the English contingent, while Wolves ‘ new club-record signing Fabio Silva completes the Premier League representatives.
Haaland is arguably favourite to land the prize, which was won by Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix last year.
His sternest competition is likely to come from Sancho though, as well as latest Barcelona prospect Ansu Fati.
Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies also has a claim after his impressive treble-winning season at club level.
Davies’ international teammate for Canada, Jonathan David, is also among those in the running.
Other notable contenders include Man City winger Ferran Torres, Rennes and France starlet Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid pair Rodrygo and Vinicus, and Barcelona new boy Sergino Dest.
The award – which is voted on by journalists and given to the best under-21 star of the year – has a long list of big-name stars that have collected the trophy previously.
Kylian Mbappe, Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney have all won the accolade since its inauguration in 2003.
This year’s edition started as a list of 100 nominees before it was whittled down by public vote to the 20 players now still in contention, with a winner to be announced before the end of the calendar year.
Who should win the Golden Boy award 2020? Have your say below.
Golden Boy 2020 nominees
Mason Greenwood (Man Utd)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Phil Foden (Man City)
Bukayo Saka ( Arsenal )
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Ferran Torres (Man City)
Fabio Silva (Wolves)
Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
Rodrygo (Real Madrid)
Vinicius (Real Madrid)
Sergino Dest (Barcelona)
Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)
Mitchel Bakker (PSG)
Jonathan David (Lille)
Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)
Callum Hudson-Odoi ( Chelsea )
Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg)
Dejan Kulusevski ( Juventus )
Sandro Tonali (AC Milan – loan from Brescia)
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