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Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood make final 40-man shortlist for Golden Boy award

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The bad boys among the Golden Boys! Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood make the 40-man shortlist of the world's best young players under 21... but can the Premier League's best beat Haaland and Sancho?The 40-man shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award has been announced Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood made the final list for the prestigious awardIt comes just weeks after the pair flouted Covid-19 guidelines while with EnglandFive other Premier League players have been nominated for this year's award 

Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood and Man City's Phil Foden have made the final shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award.

The Manchester pair, who were sent home while on international duty with England for breaching coronavirus rules in Iceland, are among seven players from the Premier League who are up for the award.

The 40-strong list, which was announced on Wednesday, sees Arsenal's Bukayo Saka, Liverpool's Neco Williams and Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea all get the nod.

Mason Greenwood (R) and Phil Foden (L) make the final shortlist for the Golden Boy award

Wolves' £35million record signing Fabio Silva is also up for the award along with Foden's newest team-mate Ferran Torres, with the pair starring at other clubs before being nominated.

Foden and Greenwood have been recognised for their superb campaigns on the pitch, with Foden set to be awarded more minutes in the future by Pep Guardiola while Greenwood has excited fans at Old Trafford with his rapid progression.

However, the pair got their current campaigns off to a disappointing start after they broke coronavirus isolation restrictions by inviting two Icelandic girls to the official team hotel following a recent UEFA Nations League clash.

Both players had just made their senior debuts for the Three Lions, though manager Gareth Southgate had no option but to dismiss each of them immediately. 

Wolves' £35m record signing Fabio Silva is also up for the award after impressing with Porto

Ferran Torres (left), Neco Williams (middle) and Bukayo Saka (right) also made the shortlist

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also revealed he will speak with Greenwood about his personal life after the 18-year-old was seen inhaling nitrous oxide — known as hippy crack — in a video filmed in a Manchester apartment several weeks ago. 

Greenwood issued a statement through United on Saturday after the film emerged on social media of him inhaling from a balloon in the company of a female friend.

He said: 'I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice — and accept that even trying it, as shown in these historical pictures, was poor judgment on my part. I strongly urge others not to follow my example.' 

Their inclusion in the running for the prestigious award will be positive news for the pair, but face fierce competition from Borussia Dortmund's star duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, who are the favourites to win the gong.

Other notable nominees include Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies, Barcelona's Ansu Fati and Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior.

Greenwood (left) and Foden (right) got their campaigns off to a disappointing start after the pair were sent home by England for breaching coronavirus rules in Iceland

Last year's winner, Joao Felix, failed to make the list for the award following an underwhelming season with Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid target Eduardo Camavinga makes the list after a brilliant breakout year with Rennes.

The Golden Boy award was established by Italian publication Tuttosport in 2003, and sees players voted for by top European news outlets.

A panel of 40 journalists from a range of countries and publications select the overall winner after the list is whittled down. 

Whoever is declared winner will join esteemed company, with many of European football's biggest names having scooped the award in the past. 

Borussia Dortmund's star duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland are the favourites to win

In 2005 a then relatively unknown Lionel Messi was awarded the prestigious honour

A fresh-faced Wayne Rooney lifted the shimmering trophy aloft in 2004, before handing it over to none other than Lionel Messi the very next year.

In recent years the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Raheem Sterling have called the honour their own.

The most recent Premier League star to win the trophy was Anthony Martial in 2015, who was deemed European football's most promising talent after completing his switch from Monaco to Old Trafford.  

GOLDEN BOY 2020 NOMINEES – 40-MAN FINAL SHORTLIST 

Eduardo Camavinga, Rennes

Marco Carnesecchi, Atalanta

Rayan Cherki, Lyon

Jonathan David, Lille

Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich

Sergino Dest, Ajax

Sebastiano Esposito, Inter

Fabio Silva, Wolves

Ansu Fati, Barcelona

Phil Foden, Manchester City

Ryan Gravenberch, Ajax

Mason Greenwood, Man United

Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea

Marley Ake, Marseille

Adil Aouchiche, Saint-Etienne

Benoit Badiashile, Monaco

Mitchel Bakker, Paris Saint-Germain

Myron Badou, AZ Alkmaar

Dennis Borkowski, RB Leipzig

Mohamed Ihattaren, PSV Eindhoven

Ozan Kabak, Schalke

Michal Karbownik, Legia

Tanguy-Austin Kouassi, Bayern Munich

Dejan Kulusevski, Juventus

Marcos Antonio, Shakhtar Donetsk

Rafael Camacho, Sporting Club

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund

Vladyslav Suprjaha, Dynamo Kiev

Dominik Szoboszlai, FC Salzburg

Tomas Esteves, Porto

Tomas Tavares, Benfica

Sandro Tonali, AC Milan

Ferran Torres, Manchester City

Christos Tzolis, PAOK

Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid

Neco Williams, Liverpool

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