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Five Spain stars to watch at India's FIFA Under-17 World Cup

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Spain's U-17 team lifted the UEFA European Under-17 Championship earlier this year

Spain arrives in India as one of the favourites to lift the Under-17 World Cup, and it's not difficult to see why. Holders of the Under-17 European Championships they are backed by one of their strongest generations in some time, featuring many players born in the year 2000. Here are the five players you MUST watch out for at the tournament in India.

#5 Mateu Morey (FC Barcelona Juvenil A)

Mateu Morey
Mateu Morey in action for the Spain U-17 side

In recent years, Mateu Morey was one of the players to cause the most conflict between Barcelona and Real Madrid. After coming through the Real Mallorca youth setup, Morey emerged to be one of the best players in his age group, regarded so highly that he was mentioned in the same breath as Marco Asensio in terms of youngsters to come through.

After reportedly having an agreement to leave for Madrid, a last-minute change of heart saw Morey head instead for Barça.

It’s not difficult to see why the two great rivals fought for his services either, with Morey packing a well-rounded game from full-back. Not only is he adept in his defensive work, boasting excellent recovery pace and focus when standing up to opponents, but he’s prolific in attack too.

His incredible solo run and strike against France emphasized these qualities, as he showed excellent dribbling ability and eye for goal. He finished up with three goals in the May tournament.

Spain comes into the FIFA Under-17 World Cup as one of the favourites to lift the trophy, having won the Under-17 European Championships back in May and also boasting a strong squad from their impressive 'Generation 2000' ranks.

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