BBC football shows 'Match of the Day' and 'The Football League Show' mentioned some very promising England talent. Are these players the future and can they lead England to World Cup or European glory? We can always hope!
Will Hughes was pin-pointed by 'The Football League Show' as his Derby side narrowly lost 1-0 to Leicester. He is an 18-year-old central midfielder who is 6'1". He has represented Derby 41 times and scored two goals since his debut against Peterborough.
In February 2012, Manchester United and City reportedly showed interest. He is said to have the potential to be world class! Since February 2012, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have also joined the race however Liverpool seem in pole position as a £7million move seems likely, although Derby County boss Nigel Clough said on 'The Football League Show', "We're expecting only the biggest offers for him!"
Many have compared the youngster to Xavi due to his ability to stay calm and composed. However Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to want to "groom him as the next Steven Gerrard!"
Ross Barkley has been of common football knowledge for a few years but has been at Everton for eight years since he was 11-years-old. Tim Cahill described him as the "best player he had worked with" in 2011 and has been more recently compared to Wayne Rooney.
Barkley will be 20-years-old in December and is well built at 6'2.5". Barkley has represented England at all levels from Under 16 to Under 21, making 35 appearances in all and scoring five goals. He also has an impressive loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday in 2012-2013 and scored four goals in 13 games.
He is expected to stay and improve at Everton, especially with Roberto Martinez who has a good record with young mid-fielders.
Daniel Sturridge is now finally reaching his potential he's been expected to reach since 2008-2009. He had spells at Manchester City and Chelsea but many felt was played out of position most of the time and started to show promise at Chelsea in an FA Cup match vs Watford when he was given a chance up front and scored a hat-trick.
He was given half a season on loan at Bolton in 2011, and was one of the best strikers in terms of shots per goal and goals per game, with eight in 12 games for The Wanderers. At the beginning of 2013 he was handed a real chance when Liverpool bought him as a "backup" to start striker Luis Suarez.
Sturridge however ended the 2012-2013 season with a better goals per minute than Suarez, as well as almost every statistic besides dribbles per game and chances created. Arguably having a better second half to the season as Suarez was handed a ten match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.
Sturridge finished the 2012-13 season with 11 goals in 16 games and five assists. He has been hailed by many as Suarez's potential replacement and his performances have certainly shown he has what it takes.
The are many more players that weren't mentioned in this article that deserve a mention, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw.
England at World Cup 2018? (Likelihood to succeed out of 10)
GK: Joe Hart 31 (8/10)
RB: Nathaniel Clyne 27 (8/10)
CB: Phil Jones 26 (7.5/10)
CB: Chris Smalling 28 (8/10)
LB: Luke Shaw 25/26 (9/10)
RW: Wilfried Zaha 25 (6/10)
CM: Will Hughes 25 (8/10)
CM: Ross Barkley 24 (8/10)
LW: Raheem Sterling 23 (9/10)
STR: Danny Welbeck 27 (7/10)
STR: Dani Sturridge 28 (10/10)
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