Supporting the English national football team has proven to be a very stressful time, full of constant disappointment. Despite the quality that we see from our player’s week in week out in the one of the finest divisions in the world, the English Premier League, they can never seem to step up to the challenge on the international stage.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Michael Carrick are all names that we associate with being the big stars for their respected teams, but they always fail to live up to expectation over and over again in the European Championship, and more so the World Cup.

We always hear about how the future of the national team looks bright, yet they seem to already have learnt how to disappoint the millions of passionate fans that follow their progress in the major tournaments.

The most recent example being the Under-21 European Championship in Israel, where our new crop of talent failed to score a single goal in open play, before packing their bags to return home after just three games, all of which they were beaten.

However, there is one prospect who we can look forward to though, 17-year-old Southampton full-back Luke Shaw.

A player who possesses all the attributes to become one of the best left-sided defenders in world football, and to become an even better player than our current star Ashley Cole, who love him or loathe him, is undoubtedly one of the best defenders our country has ever produced.

With Cole now at the age of 32 and his nearest replacement Leighton Baines set to turn 30-years-old in just over two years time, there is no reason why Shaw shouldn't get an opportunity in the senior side soon.

Now some may argue that he isn't ready for the international challenge, but this could be the very reason as to why we haven’t won anything since 1966. The newcomer has already shown the quality to compete with the best, earning himself a first-team spot in a strong Southampton side.

Shaw may have to wait until the inevitable failure of the team in Brazil next year, but with a bit of patience and a good attitude, as well as a potential transfer to current Europa League holders’ and his boy-hood club Chelsea seemingly on the horizon, this young man could very easily become England’s next big star.


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