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Best defenders in FIFA U17 World Cup 2017

These defenders might become household names in the coming years.

Top 5 / Top 10 04 Oct 2017, 16:56 IST

Austria v England - UEFA European Under-17 Championship Qualifier
Jonathan Panzo captaining England in a U-16 game

We are just days away from the first match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup! Amidst all the excitement for the biggest footballing tournament to be hosted in the country, the quality of football to be displayed by the top football nations is one of the major things to look forward to. It is too early to talk about the favourites for the World Cup but the likes of Spain, Mexico and England are said to have the strongest squads on display. 

Every strong needs a solid defence to hold ground at the back with the saying, "Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles," still holding true in the game of football. In the upcoming World Cup, future international defenders will get a first-hand experience of playing at the highest level. On that note, here is a list of the top five defenders to watch out for in the FIFA U-17 World Cup: 

#5 Jonathan Panzo (England) 

Playing every minute for England in this year's Euros U-17, Jonathan Panzo announced himself with a bang. Known to be an imposing defender, the Chelsea teenager is a leader at the back. Panzo was the captain of the England U-16s and made his debut in the U-17 age group when he was just 15. 

His U-17 debut came against Croatia last year with the English side winning with a comfortable margin of 5-0. Panzo is good in the air and is a tough tackler. The Chelsea staff will be looking at Panzo's performance in the World Cup with utmost scrutiny with Panzo being termed as the next big thing for the English backline. 

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