Sources said that Manchester City defender Courtney Meppen-Walter, born in Bury, Greater Manchester, was driving a "low-powered" Mercedes during the crash.
He joined Man City in July 2010, according to the club's website.
It also said the youth-team player has been a regular in the England under-17 side.
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Downpours keeping us on our toes today
The M20 in Kent has been closed in both directions after a pedestrian bridge allegedly collapsed on the motorway on Saturday.
The AA have warned of traffic jams and urged people to carry extra water in their vehicles because of the warm weather.