The Nigerian duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi obviously had it better in 2016 when they were included in the initial shortlist for the European Golden Boy Award.

Both players were left out from the 2017 list of nominees. The award seeks to honor the best Under-21 player in Europe.

Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Marcus Rashford and Christian Pulisic are top on the list of the 25 nominees.

Meanwhile, Dominic Solanke who is of Nigerian descent made the shortlist.

His England compatriots: Joe Gomez, Everton's Dominic Calvin-Lewin, Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters and West Ham's Reece Oxford, who is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach were also shortlisted.

The Premier League has another nominee in Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, while Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan and Real Madrid pair Borja Mayoral and Theo Hernandez are also among the contenders.

The Golden Boy award, founded in 2003, is decided by a panel of 30 journalists and relates to performances across the calendar year.

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Full List Of 2017 Golden Boy Award Nominees:

Aaron Martin (Espanyol), Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig), Rodrigo Bentacur (Juventus), Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Amadou Diawara (Napoli), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen), Borja Mayoral (Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Emre Mor (Celta Vigo), Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Allan Saint-Maximim (Nice), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool), Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Enes Unal (Villarreal), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham).