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A new award for best young player of the tournament will be launched at next year’s World Cup finals in Germany.

Votes will be collected after the semi-finals and the top three will be joined by three more chosen by FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) to create a shortlist of six players.

The winner will be chosen by the TSG, which is made up of coaches and analysts.

Players below the age of 21 will be eligible for the Best Young Player award.

Among those expected to compete for the award will be England’s Wayne Rooney, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and the Brazilian Robinho.

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