The England national football team has always been filled with great talent, but has only once delivered at a major tournament.

The next generation are hoping to change that and have plenty of potential to do so.

Here is England's most promising young XI:

Goalkeeper: Jack Butland

Butland has built up a big reputation for himself after some incredible performances for Team GB in last summer's Olympics and this has landed the 20-year-old a move to Stoke City.

Many high-profile clubs were linked with Butland but he wanted first-team football and, as it looks like Asmir Begovic is set to leave the Britannia Stadium, Butland is a very capable replacement.

Standing at 6ft 5in, Butland is a commanding presence with great athleticism and distribution of the ball. A really smart shot-stopper, Butland will be sure to push Joe Hart for the senior goalkeeper's jersey in the near future.

Right-back: Carl Jenkinson

Jenkinson has made a steady impression at Arsenal and has proven himself as a reliable defender. He offers a good turn of pace when asked to attack and is comfortable on the ball. He impressed hugely when he was playing against Bayern Munich in Germany and really made his mark on the Arsenal squad. Jenkinson was recently called up to last squad and we will definitely see more of him in future. 

Centre-back: Steven Caulker

Caulker has had a great season with Tottenham. A leader on the pitch, Caulker has been very impressive after a great season on loan at Swansea last year.

Centre-back: Phil Jones

Jones looks very comfortable playing at the heart of both the Manchester United and England defences. Many people fancy Jones to captain England from centre-back in a few years.

Left-back: Luke Shaw

Shaw has played a vital role in Southampton's march towards safety in this year's Premier League. Still only 17, Shaw has been very impressive and has attracted interest from big clubs. He is very good going forward and offers a quality delivery in attacking positions. Shaw has been one of the standout young players in this Premier League campaign and has been called up to under-21 setup and is certain to replace Ashley Cole when the Chelsea man steps down.

Right-wing: Wilfried Zaha

Full of pace and tricks, Zaha landed himself a big-money move to Manchester United from Crystal Palace and there is a lot of expectation for him as he makes his debut next season.

Centre-midfielder: Will Hughes

Hughes, a technically gifted midfielder who has an eye for a pass and very good with the ball. He is one of the most highly-rated players in the Championship with Derby County.

Centre-midfielder: Nathaniel Chalobah

Chalobah is a big presence in midfield. He can break up play and is very comfortable on the ball. Currently on loan from Chelsea, Chalobah has all the qualities needed to play at the very top.

Left-wing: Nathan Redmond

Redmond, the Birmingham City winger, has attracted a lot of interest from big clubs for his direct style of play based on skill and pace. He, like Zaha, is an exciting prospect who will make a big impact on the international setup in the future.

Striker: Chuba Akpom

Akpom, who plays with Arsenal, has an impressive goal scoring record for England at youth levels. A strong pacy forward with a tidy finish, Wenger has tipped Akpom to have a big future. 

Striker: Mason Bennett

Bennett of Derby County has been making headlines since he made his senior debut at the age of 15. Very talented and technically superb, Bennett could be a real star in the future.


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