Every time the tournament rolls around there are inevitably a couple of young players who stand out and make the entire world take note. With only a couple of months to go until another highly-anticipated World Cup, we’ve taken a look at some players under the age of 23 who are set to shine on the biggest stage.
Jude Bellingham – England

Bellingham has been a wonderkid for so long it’s a wonder he’s still a kid. But that he is, a mere 19 years old with stacks of potential. Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked incessantly with the teenager, who enjoyed another strong season with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga in 2021-22 and has started well this term.
Eduardo Camavinga – France
If you’re at Real Madrid at 19 and cost €40million you’re doing pretty well. That’s very much the case for Camavinga, who is one of European football’s brightest prospects and has been for some time.
Aurelien Tchouameni – France

Why have only one brilliant young French Real Madrid midfielder on a list like this when you can have two? That Tchouameni joined Real Madrid from Monaco for €100million in the summer of 2022 tells you how highly he’s rated.
Ryan Gravenberch – Netherlands
Gravenberch was so impressive and so instrumental for Ajax that Erik ten Hag seemed hopeful of taking him to Manchester United in the summer. Instead, Bayern Munich won the race to sign the highly-rated midfielder.
Antony – Brazil
There’s a reason Manchester United broke the bank to bring him in. Antony’s been destined for big things since day one. Antony dos Santos of Sao Paulo FC after scoring in the final of the Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior against Vasco da Gama. Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 31 January 2019.
Vinicius Jr – Brazil
With all the attacking talent at Brazil manager Tite’s disposal, he might not be able to field Vinicius and Antony together all that much, but we could definitely see them both making a huge impact as subs, or one starting and the other coming on in their place.