The young player’s feet are nothing more than a blur as he dances around the ball, rolling it this way and that. The fact his boots are pink and the ball mostly bright yellow only enhances the mesmerising effect.
In another clip, the slender figure in the green bib and sharp white boots with the ball looks completely hemmed in by two players in white tops. There seems no escape until his assured feet create one, leaving the opponents for dead.
Here are a couple of England stars as you’ve never seen them before. Tammy Abraham was only 18 and on loan at Bristol City from Chelsea when he put together a minute-long compilation of his best tricks on a park pitch.
After an outstanding season with Roma, Tammy Abraham is trying to cement his World Cup place with England as he leads the line against Italy on Saturday
But Abraham’s talent was already evident in videos published by skills channel FFDTV
Six years on, the forward has just scored 27 goals in his first season with Jose Mourinho’s Roma and is set to lead the line for England against Italy in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday night in what amounts to an audition for a place as Harry Kane’s back-up at the World Cup in Qatar.
The talented tyro escaping from dead ends is a teenage Jadon Sancho, just playing in a street game in his native London. In another video, we see a 14-year-old Sancho honing his footwork in a three-on-three rondo. Even then, his class is obvious.
Now a £70million footballer for Manchester United having made an astonishing breakthrough at Borussia Dortmund, Sancho is also likely to be part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans.
FFDTV [Furious Football Diaries TV] have spent the past few years working with some of the most exciting footballing talent to showcase their skills and abilities.
Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho is one of England’s most exciting talents
They began working with Sancho when he was just 14 and in Watford’s academy, with 15-year-old Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson also in the same video, Abraham when slightly older and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi at 16.
Hudson-Odoi has also represented England and in his FFDTV clip, he makes light work of heavy rain and a sodden surface to show off his close control.
Another collaboration was with Leicester’s Demarai Gray, who performs a ‘flip flap’ so quickly the footage has to be slowed down to properly appreciate it.
Nya Kirby, Angel Gomes and Jonathan Panzo, three members of the England under-17 team that won the 2017 World Cup, have also worked with the channel.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, pictured with Abraham at Chelsea, is another to feature on FFDTV
Now, through their NEW GEN series, FFDTV are shining a spotlight on another emerging crop of talent who will surely all soon be household names.
A recent video shows England under-18 forward Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who like Sancho moved from Man City’s academy to Borussia Dortmund, demonstrating his dribbling ability and, like Hudson-Odoi, making light work of the British rain.
London-born Bynoe-Gittens, 17, made his Bundesliga debut for Dortmund, a club with a fine reputation for giving youth a chance, in a 6-1 win over Wolfsburg back in April and he subsequently featured in three more games.
Rising star Jamie Bynoe-Gittens is pictured in Bundesliga action for Borussia Dortmund
Omari Hutchinson, who plays for Arsenal and Jamaica, shows us some outrageous ball-juggling and freestyle skills in another video from 2019. It turns out he’s been practising hard on his kick-ups since the age of 12, as another video attests to.
Mikel Arteta has included Hutchinson among his substitutes on several occasions in recent months but he’s waiting to make his first-team debut.
Another one to watch is Manchester United’s Omari Forson, a midfielder who featured in their successful FA Youth Cup campaign this season.
Omari Hutchinson of Arsenal is highly regarded and has showed off his freestyle skills
He’s seen gliding past opponents with ease on a five-a-side pitch that has been called the ‘San Siro’ – the kind of stage every one of these kids aspires to as they relish the opportunity to express themselves with a ball glued to their feet.
- You can follow FFDTV on their YouTube channel or on Instagram
- They also run a London-based academy for players looking to be scouted or for a route into the game. For further details email: [email protected]