Women’s World Cup 2019: Six wonderkids who could shine in France

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talkSPORT will have live coverage of the tournament, which kicks off on Friday between hosts France and South Korea

The women’s World Cup is just around the corner and a number of young stars could be about to set the world alight.

talkSPORT will have live coverage of every single England and Scotland game being brought to you LIVE across the talkSPORT network.

The United States will be hoping to retain their crown in France

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The United States will be hoping to retain their crown in France

Our coverage in France will be led by Natalie Sawyer – presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show and The Times’ The Game podcast.

There will be further coverage of the tournament, including the opening game, both semi-finals, and the final.

Commentaries will be shared across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2, as we capture all the colour from France, analysis of the action and build-up to the biggest ever event in women’s football.

But who are the wonderkids who could shine in France? talkSPORT.com has identified five players who could make this tournament their own….



Emelyne Laurent – France

Laurent has been predicted to be the next great striker of the French national team and it’s easy to see why.

The 20-year-old was chosen over Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who scored a stunning 53 goals in 57 matches for Paris Saint-Germain this season.

Laurent is ready to set the world alight

Laurent is ready to set the world alight

France head coach Corinne Diacre said: “She brings a lot. We didn’t have a player who can break into the area and win a penalty if we need to get back in a game.”

Laurent is a superb finisher, an excellent dribbler and is also lighting quick. She is definitely one to watch

Patri Guijarro – Spain

Guijaro was sidelined for five months earlier this season which ruled out her of the Champions League final but she is now back and ready to be a standout performer for Spain.

The 21-year-old won the Golden Ball at the Under-20s World Cup following an outstanding tournament, where Spain lost in the final.

There is a lot of pressure on her shoulders to deliver in one of the most youthful sides in the competition.

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Georgia Stanway – England

Stanway can be one of the Lionesses’ most important players in the World Cup, even if she is just 20 years old.

After a superb season with Manchester City, who lost just once in all domestic competitions, the forward is certainly one to watch from the England squad.

She scored on her debut for Phil Neville’s side back in November and this tournament could be her moment to show the world the talent she undoubtedly possesses.

England are one of the favourites for the tournament and if they do shine, you’d back Stanway to play a leading role.

Giula Gwinn – Germany

Gwinn has so much potential it’s scary and she has already been heralded as the future of German football.

The Freiburg playmaker, who will join Bayern Munich following the tournament, has worked her way through the ranks with some stunning performances.

She is still just 19-years-old but she is more than ready to take to part in the competition for the biggest prize in football.

Over the course of the season, she scored 13 times in 26 games for Freiburg – a stunning return for the youngster.

Ellie Carpenter – Australia

Carpenter is another hugely talented teenager who could star in the World Cup.

The attacking full-back made her debut in the National Women’s Soccer League, the top league in the world, at just 16 years old and she has come on leaps and bounds ever since.

Carpemter is a phenomenal talent

Carpemter is a phenomenal talent

The 19-year-old has already made 31 appearances for Australia and could be hugely important for her side both in defence and attack.

The Aussies will be looking for revenge from their Asia Cup final defeat last year and Carpenter looks primed to play a big role in the side.

Keira Walsh – England

Walsh enjoyed a fine season in the holding midfield role for Man City as they finished runners up in the league.

She has been an assured presence in front of the defence and even chipped in with one goal and five assists in 19 appearances –  a decent return for a defensive minded player.

Walsh was an imperious figure in front of defence for City this season

Walsh was an imperious figure in front of defence for City this season

The 22-year-old made her debut for England in a World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in 2017 and has since emerged as one of Neville’s most important players.

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