Yesteryear's faces of the future: What happened to the likely lads (and lass) of 1990

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Matthew Le Tissier


PFA Young Player of the Year 1990

Has remained at Southampton despite huge bids from other Premiership clubs, including one of pounds 10m from Chelsea. But his England career comprises 27 minutes of the riot-interrupted international against Ireland. Club form indifferent this season

May have lost his chance of

international football. Much depends on his ability to add hard work to fine skills

"It's hard to know what more he can do as a player to impress Terry Venables" Jimmy Case, former team-mate

Michael Atherton


Cricket Writers' Club Young Player of the Year 1990

Captained school team, English Schools, England U-19s, Cambridge and Combined Universities. Nicknamed FEC

(Future England Captain) by his

Lancashire team-mates. Became

England captain in 1993; hold on the job now stronger than ever

Raymond Illingworth believes that

Atherton has what it takes to be England captain for the next decade

"Mike is a better player than Geoff

Boycott was at the same age" Ray Illingworth

Bobbie Goulding

Rugby league

Stones Bitter Young Player of the Year 1990

The youngest player to be selected for a Great Britain tour when he travelled to New Zealand in 1990. Has played for Wigan, Leeds, Widnes and St Helens, and recently replaced Shaun Edwards in the England side. Disciplinary doubts the only cloud

Has the ability to make the England scrum-half position his own

"He is already on his way to becoming an all-time great" Eric Hughes, St Helens coach

Jennifer Capriati


WTA Most Impressive Newcomer in 1990, aged 14

Encouraged by her father. In 1991 reached the Wimbledon semi-finals aged 15 and lost in the US Open final. Beat Steffi Graf to win Olympic gold medal in 1992. Declined after first-round defeat in 1993 US Open: arrested for shop-lifting and has been through drug rehabilitation

She has regained fitness and is in

training, but has no plans to return to the international tennis circuit. Has played an

exhibition match

"I love my daughter, but where I come from we have a proverb: when the apple is ripe, eat it" Stefano Capriati

Henry Wharton


Voted Young Fighter of the Year 1990 by the readers of Boxing News

By 1990 the middleweight, then 23, had won eight fights out of eight. Managed by Mickey Duff, he has gone on to win the British, European and Commonwealth

titles, but lost to Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn on points in his world title


Has another try for that elusive world title against Frederic Sellier on 13 January in Halifax

"Henry is the most exciting middleweight around. He makes Nigel Benn look dull." Mickey Duff

Jason Livingstone


Silver medallist in 200 metres at the 1990 junior world championships in Bulgaria

Won European indoor 60m title in 1992, but sent home from the Barcelona Olympics after postive drugs test. In

December 1992 banned for four years by the Amateur Athletic Federation, and for life by the British Olympic Association

No longer involved in athletics; has

attempted to find a new career in football and rugby league, so far to no avail

"My advice to him would be to continue training, perhaps try to find himself a

career and come back clean" Tony Ward of the BAF

David Coulthard

Motor racing

McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year 1990

Promoted from Williams test driver to race driver after the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994; preferred to Nigel Mansell by Williams in 1995, won first grand prix and finished third in championship. Has joined McLaren for 1996

His results this year will depend on the McLaren team's ability to regain its past competitiveness. Given a good car, a

future champion

"Letting David go may prove to be our biggest mistake. He is going to be a top driver for many years to come" Frank Williams

Young star '96?

Martin Phillips (Manchester City)

Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire)

Paul Sculthorpe (Warrington)

Mark Philippoussis (Australia)

Spencer Oliver (bantamweight)

Melanie Neef (Scottish sprinter)

Oliver Gavin (British F3 champion)