England stars Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham revealed among 10 nominees vying to be crowned the world’s best player aged under 21 at Ballon d’Or awards

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  • Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham Listed for Copa Trophy
  • This award is given to the best performing Under-21 footballer in the world.
  • PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt are the past winners

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England internationals Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham have all been nominated for the 2021 Copa Trophy.

The award – organized by France Football, which also arranges the Ballon d’Or award – is awarded to the best performing under-21 player.

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Arsenal’s Saka has enjoyed a successful year for both club and country, playing a key role in England’s trip to the Euro 2020 final earlier this summer.

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Bukayo Saka has been one of Arsenal’s stand-out consistent performers this year

Mason Greenwood has established himself in Manchester United's attack this year

Mason Greenwood has established himself in Manchester United’s attack this year

Copa Trophy Nominees

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jeremy Doku (Renes), Mason Greenwood (Man United), Pedri (Barcelona), Ryan Gravenburch (Ajax), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen), Giovanni Reyna (BVB), Jamal Musiella (Bayern), Jude Bellingham (BVB), Nuno Mendes (PSG).

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The 20-year-old also won the Gunners Player of the Season award in the previous campaign.

The 20-year-old Greenwood has shined in Manchester United’s attack and started the season in fine form – scoring three goals in seven Premier League appearances.

Borussia Dortmund’s Bellingham was also included in England’s Euro 2020 squad at the age of just 17 and has established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the world.

Other nominees include Pedri, Jamal Musiella, Nuno Mendes, Giovanni Reyna, Florian Wirtz, Ryan Gravenburch and Jeremy Docu.

The Kopa Trophy has only been around for a short time, with PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe being the recipient for the first time in 2018.

Jude Bellingham was called up to England's Euro 2020 squad despite being only 17 at the time

Jude Bellingham was called up to England’s Euro 2020 squad despite being only 17 at the time

Pedri has been heavily involved for club and country, playing over 70 games in 2021

Pedri has been heavily involved for club and country, playing over 70 games in 2021

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the following year’s Champions League semi-final after helping former club Ajax.

The award was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but all eyes will be on who receives the award this time.

This year’s winner will be crowned in Paris on November 29, along with the men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or winners.

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