The England U17 are currently in Belarus playing the U17 Euros and trying to qualify for the FIFA 2016 U17 World Cup. That team is full of talented players with a lot of senior football experience for such an age group.
The 18 players squad have first team experience in the FA WSL, FA WSL1 and FA WPL at senior level, something that is realy unusual and valuable for players who are 17 or younger.
For the current 2016 season
Georgia Stanway has made 5 appearances for Manchester City women and is a regular member of the squad since last season alongside seasoned England international like Houghton, Duggan or Scott.
Hannah Cain has made 2 FA WSL appearances for Sheffield United
Niamh Charles has also made 2 appearances at Liverpool Ladies and already contributed with an assist.
Florence Allen has made a FA WSL 2 appearance with Bristol City and might claim a starting place soon.
Ellie Brazil has made one start with Birmingham City ladies in the FA WSL, while Alessia Russio at Chelsea and Elie Roebuck at manchester City have been involved in the matchday squad.
Hollie Holding has played 5 games for Brighton and Hove in the FA WPL Southern Division scoring one goal overall.
Ella Toone and Kelsey Pearson have made respectively 7 and 5 appearances for Balckburn rovers in the FA WPL Northern Division with 5 goals for Ella Toone.
Grace Smith has played 5 games in the Development team for Aston Villa Ladies
Anna Filbey, Taylor Hinds and Lotte Wubben-Moy made 4, 3 and 12 appearances for the Arsenal Ladies development team alongside their U17 double scoring 6,1 and 3 goals.
Katie Startup is the number one goalie at Gills U17.
Laura Hooper captained the Arsenal Ladies U17 to the double.
Anna Patten was an important player in that team as well.
Lois Joel was an important player for Chelsea ladies U17
If we look at last season’s 2015 (when the players were still U16)
Georgia Stanway made 5 first teamappearances with Manchester City
Lotte Wubben-Moy made 4 first team appearances with Arsenal Ladies.
So the backbone of the England U17 team have all played senior football at such a young age and gained important experience.
Their football skills allied to the quality attacking football played means they have a great chance to finish as one of the top 3 teams at the U17 Euros and therefore qualify for the 2016 FIFA U17 World Cup.Years of works at the different Centre of Excellence have produced top quality players for England.
The team has a great balance in their usual 4-1-4-1 system with the key players being strong on the ball and technical proficient. If you combine it to the usual British competitiveness and mental strength, it is no surprise at all to see that team doing so well.