While it may not be England’s most talented national team squad on paper, the current Three Lions set-up is surpassing expectations where so-called ‘Golden Generations’ of the past have failed.
Most importantly, there are plenty of young English players already in the national ranks, with more poised to push for a starting place in the coming years.
With many Football Manager 2021 players selecting English league teams to manage, one of the best experiences of the game is unearthing an English wonderkid.
Here, you can find all of the best FM 21 wonderkids from England, ranked by their potential ability ratings in the game.
Choosing the best English wonderkids of FM 21
To find the best FM 21 English wonderkids, we narrowed our search down to players who are 21-years-old or younger at the start of the game, have England listed as their chosen nation, and have a high potential ability (PA) rating.
The potential ability bar here stands at 140 PA or -85 PA – so, every English wonderkid on this list has a PA of at least 140. Negative PA, such as -85, translates to a set PA range, as follows: -10 (170-200), -95 (160-190), -9 (150-180), and -85 (140-170).
Wonderkids with these PA ranges, via a negative PA, will be randomly assigned a potential ability within their range with each separate save of FM 21. So, they are ranked on this page by their lowest possible PA.
Below, you can see each of the top-five English wonderkids of FM 21 featured, with all of the best wonderkids from England listed in the table at the foot of the page.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (160 CA / 178 PA)
Best Positions: DR, WBR
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 160 CA / 178 PA
Value: £55 million
Best Attributes: 18 Crossing, 17 Passing, 17 Technique
One of the few Liverpool starting XI players who manager Jürgen Klopp didn’t need to sign from elsewhere, academy product Trent Alexander-Arnold has been nothing short of sensational for the Reds. Still only 22-years-old, the English wonderkid had eight goals and 38 assists by his 145th game for the club.
The Liverpudlian broke into the national team back in 2018 under Gareth Southgate, and has since made his World Cup debut as a part of his 12 appearances to date. He has some tough competition at right back or right wing back for England, but he’s certainly in the mix.
Just as he is for WBR wonderkids and DR wonderkids, Alexander-Arnold ranks and the best English wonderkid of FM 21. Already boasting a first-team-ready 160 CA as one of the best right-sided defenders in the world, his 178 PA makes Liverpool’s top prospect one of the best wonderkids in the whole game.
As you’d assume of a player getting starts for their home club, which is also contending for silverware, it’s not easy to pry Alexander-Arnold away from Liverpool. If you manage to do so, however, you’ll benefit from the natural wing back’s 18 crossing, 14 corners, 14 free-kick taking, 17 passing, 16 natural fitness, and 15 work rate.
Jadon Sancho (158 CA / 178 PA)
Team: Borussia Dortmund
Best Positions: ML, AML, AMR, MR
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 158 CA / 178 PA
Value: £40.5 million
Best Attributes: 18 Agility, 18 Dribbling, 17 Acceleration
Taking the unconventional route of leaving a Premier League club as a youngster, Jadon Sancho is proving that young English talents can break into the national team while playing overseas. Having left Manchester City, the Londoner’s talent has been cultivated and showcased by Borussia Dortmund.
Since breaking into the England team in 2018, the right winger has been a mainstay in Southgate’s squad selection, but regularly features as a substitute. At 20-years-old, there’s plenty of time for Sancho to lock down his place in the starting XI, but like Trent Alexander Arnold above, there’s a lot of competition in the ranks.
In terms of PA, Sancho is the joint-best FM 21 wonderkid from England, with his 158 CA being the factor which gives the edge to the 160 CA full back from Liverpool. Tipped for a big-money move to the Premier League in the real world, one of the game’s best AMR wonderkids will command a fee of up to £126 million in the game.
An enigmatic winger who can play down either flank, Sancho’s strongest assets are his 18 dribbling, 17 acceleration, 18 agility, 15 pace, 16 first touch, 16 passing, 17 technique, and 17 vision. While these attribute ratings present the Englishman as a playmaker, his 14 finishing and 15 composure mean that Sancho will also be a goal threat for your team.
Phil Foden (150 CA / 175 PA)
Team: Manchester City
Best Positions: AMC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 150 CA / 175 PA
Value: £34.5 million
Best Attributes: 17 Agility, 17 Technique, 17 First Touch
The lack of starts given to Phil Foden last season had many pundits criticising the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, for not letting the undeniably talented English prospect go out on-loan. As though last season was used as a warm-up, Foden has been a starting XI regular for the Citizens this season.
Through his opening 14 games of the 2020/21 campaign, the Stockport-native notched four goals and three assists in all competitions. However, through wave after wave of injury troubles at the club, Foden has been started all over the midfield, from the left wing to a more familiar centre midfield role.
With 16 passing, 17 first touch, 17 technique, 16 flair, 17 agility, and 16 vision, City’s prized prospect is already worthy of a starting role in most elite-level teams on FM 21. Of course, being one of the best AMC wonderkids, the additional bonus of playing Foden regularly is that he’ll grow into his hefty 175 PA.
While his value of £34.5 million and £30,000 contract would hint to a relatively low-price signing, given his current and potential ability, City know the youngster’s worth. They demand a fee between £79 million and £153 million, with the player himself requesting up to £82,000 per week in wages.
Mason Greenwood (140 CA / 175 PA)
Team: Manchester United
Best Positions: ST
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 140 CA / 175 PA
Value: £30 million
Best Attributes: 17 Pace, 17 Determination, 16 Finishing
Born in Bradford, Mason Greenwood became a Manchester United player at six-years-old. Making his way through the club and national youth teams, he quickly made his competitive first-team debut for United at 17-years-old, debuting for England as an 18-year-old in 2020.
Quite remarkably for a player who’s still only 19-years-old, Greenwood has already made 65 appearances for the Red Devils, at the time of writing, which yielded 20 goals and seven assists. While his ability to finish is unquestionable, the youngster has also been used on the right wing, giving United an exciting trident up top.
The Old Trafford resident’s surge to Premier League action has been noted by Football Manager 21, with the game giving Greenwood a decent 140 CA and a superb 175 PA. With such a mighty potential ability rating, it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that United’s star prospect is also one of the best ST wonderkids of FM 21.
The teenage forward’s starting attribute ratings show that he’ll develop into one of the deadliest strikers in the game, if drilled correctly. Greenwood’s 16 finishing, 16 flair, 17 determination, 14 first touch, 17 pace, 16 acceleration, and 12 teamwork all point to a ruthless mercenary in and around the box.
Mason Mount (149 CA / 168 PA)
Best Positions: MC, AMC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 149 CA / 168 PA
Value: £33.5 million
Best Attributes: 20 Work Rate, 18 Stamina, 17 Teamwork
Although the rumours began from the moment Frank Lampard took the helm at Derby County, Mason Mount likely didn’t know that he was auditioning for his future Chelsea manager while out on on-loan in 2018/19. The then-teenager immediately became Lampard’s go-to attacking midfielder, impressing enough to make him a first-team regular for the Blues in 2019/20.
Still one of the boss’ most trusted players, despite the influx of big-money signings, the 21-year-old continues to play 90 minutes and tally caps for his country. To date, the Portsmouth-native has clocked ten games, three goals, and an assist in an England shirt.
Ranking alongside the best MC wonderkids, Mount is also one of the best young English players to sign in FM 21. As would be expected, the Blues don’t want to sell a piece of their starting XI, especially as he’s still so young and ticks the home-grown box.
Mount’s standout attribute ratings attest to him easily becoming your team’s engine. The youngster’s 16 determination, 20 work rate, 18 stamina, 17 teamwork, 15 natural fitness, and 14 first touch allow him to be a menace from centre midfield or attacking midfield.
All the best English wonderkids in FM 21
In the table below, you’ll find all of FM 21’s best English wonderkids, with each player ranked according to their potential ability. Those with a negative PA rating are listed per the lowest of their range’s ratings.
|Name||Age||CA||PA (Range)||Pos. (20)||Team||Wages (p/w)|
|Jadon Sancho||20||158||178||ML, AML||Borussia Dortmund||£160,272|
|Phil Foden||20||150||175||AMC||Manchester City||£30,000|
|Mason Greenwood||18||140||175||ST||Manchester United||£25,000|
|Mason Mount||21||149||168||MC, AMC||Chelsea||£77,000|
|Declan Rice||21||142||168||DM||West Ham United||£29,999|
|Tariq Lamptey||19||135||165||DR, WBR||Brighton & Hove Albion||£5,000|
|Marcus Edwards||21||140||164||AMR||Vitória Guimarães||£3,443|
|Max Aarons||20||135||160||DR||Norwich City||£18,000|
|Emile Smith Rowe||20||132||156||AMC||Arsenal||£10,000|
|Lloyd Kelly||21||128||153||DC||AFC Bournemouth||£21,000|
|Jamie Shackleton||20||123||151||MC||Leeds United||£8,000|
|Callum Hudson-Odoi||19||140||-9 (150-180)||AML||Chelsea||£120,000|
|Jude Bellingham||17||129||-9 (150-180)||MC||Borussia Dortmund||£52,088|
|Jamal Musiala||17||126||-9 (150-180)||ST||Bayern Munich||£788|
|Curtis Jones||19||124||-9 (150-180)||AML||Liverpool||£20,000|
|Trevoh Chalobah||21||117||149||DM||Chelsea (on-loan to FC Lorient)||£15,000|
|Flynn Downes||21||114||148||MC||Ipswich Town||£2,000|
|Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall||21||115||147||MC||Leicester City (on-loan to Luton)||£20,000|
|Japhet Tanganga||21||130||146||DC||Tottenham Hotspur||£25,000|
|Ronaldo Vieira||21||129||146||DM, MC||UC Sampdoria (on-loan to Hellas Verona)||£26,683|
|Tyrick Mitchell||20||120||145||DL||Crystal Palace||£500|
|Luke Woolfenden||21||111||145||DC||Ipswich Town||£3,000|
|Antoine Semenyo||20||110||145||ST||Bristol City||£2,500|
|Josh Tymon||21||110||145||DL||Stoke City||£6,500|
|Keane Lewis-Potter||19||111||142||AML||Hull City||£800|
|Angel Gomes||19||138||-85 (140-170)||AMC||LOSC Lille (on-loan to Boavista)||£20,000|
|Eddie Nketiah||21||136||-85 (140-170)||ST||Arsenal||£15,000|
|Ryan Sessegnon||20||129||-85 (140-170)||AML||Tottenham Hotspur (on-loan to Hoffenheim)||£55,000|
|Oliver Skipp||19||125||-85 (140-170)||DM, MC||Tottenham Hotspur (on-loan to Norwich)||£25,000|
|Harvey Elliott||17||120||-85 (140-170)||AMR||Liverpool (on-loan to Blackburn)||£12,000|
|Faustino Anjorin||18||113||-85 (140-170)||AMC||Chelsea||£12,500|
|Liam Delap||17||104||-85 (140-170)||ST||Manchester City||£5,000|
|Jamie Bynoe-Gittens||15||90||-85 (140-170)||AML||Borussia Dortmund||£132|
|Shola Shoretire||16||82||-85 (140-170)||AML||Manchester United||£1,500|
|Layton Stewart||17||72||-85 (140-170)||ST||Liverpool||£769|
|Lewis O’Brien||21||121||140||MC||Huddersfield Town||£3,000|
|Tyreeq Bakinson||21||116||140||MC||Bristol City||£3,000|
|Callum Morton||20||110||140||ST||West Bromwich Albion (on-loan to Lincoln City)||£2,000|
|Lewis Gibson||20||109||140||DC||Everton (on-loan to Reading)||£5,000|
|Rushian Hepburn-Murphy||21||102||140||ST||Pafos FC||£2,741|
If you want to develop one of the future stars of the England national team, be sure to sign one of the best English wonderkids in FM 21, as listed above.