England’s World Cup stars look unrecognisable in cute childhood photos – but can you tell who is who?

    FOR these footie-mad cheeky chappies their dreams have come true – they’re going to play at the World Cup.

    Some of the players named in England’s squad by manager Gareth Southgate on Thursday celebrated by posting cute throwback pics of themselves.

    James Maddison began his career in Coventry City's academy

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    James Maddison began his career in Coventry City’s academyCredit: Instagram

    Leicester City midfielder James Maddison showed he was England-crazy as a kid – complete with St George’s cross face paint.

    The in-form star was the big late addition to the squad heading to Qatar.

    There is one weekend of Premier League matches left before the squad fly out to the tournament.

    Here are some of the England players when they were dreaming of World Cup glory  . . . and where their footie dreams began.

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    Why isn't Ben Chilwell in the England squad for World Cup 2022?
    Mason Mount has came through the Chelsea Academy into their first team

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    Mason Mount has came through the Chelsea Academy into their first teamCredit: Instagram
    Declan Rice started in the Chelsea Academy before joining West Ham

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    Declan Rice started in the Chelsea Academy before joining West HamCredit: INSTAGRAM/MASON MOUNT
    Kalvin Phillips started out with Wortley FC Juniors before joining Leeds United

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    Kalvin Phillips started out with Wortley FC Juniors before joining Leeds UnitedCredit: INSTAGRAM/KALVIN PHILLIPS
    Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford began with Washington Envelopes, Tyne and Wear

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    Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford began with Washington Envelopes, Tyne and Wear
    Raheem Sterling played for Alpha & Omega FC in North West London

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    Raheem Sterling played for Alpha & Omega FC in North West London
    Kyle Walker came through the Sheffield United youth system

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    Kyle Walker came through the Sheffield United youth system
    Harry Kane began with Ridgeway Rovers in Chingford, North London

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    Harry Kane began with Ridgeway Rovers in Chingford, North London
    Jude Bellingham went from the Birmingham City academy to the first team

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    Jude Bellingham went from the Birmingham City academy to the first teamCredit:
    Marcus Rashford began with Fletcher Moss Rangers FC, West Didsbury, Manchester

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    Marcus Rashford began with Fletcher Moss Rangers FC, West Didsbury, Manchester
    Phil Foden starred for the Manchester City Academy and won the Premier League for their first team

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    Phil Foden starred for the Manchester City Academy and won the Premier League for their first teamCredit: Instagram @philfoden
    Jack Grealish started out with Highgate United FC, Solihull

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    Jack Grealish started out with Highgate United FC, SolihullCredit:

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