With disappointing results for England's Under-21 and Under-20 sides in their respective campaigns over the summer, doubt is now arising among football fans as to where the future stars of the English national team will come from.

With billionaire owners taking over more and more football clubs on British soil, clubs are building their success on overseas players. Therefore, this is putting less focus on youth academies.

Even the likes of Manchester United, arguably the biggest club in England, are suffering from this. Big names such as Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and David Beckham have previously come up through the ranks at Old Trafford. Nowadays though, this production of high-profile talent is much less common across the country.

So, where do we go from here?

Well the future is still hopeful for England.

England U21s got back on track a couple of weeks ago, as Roy Hodgson led the youngsters to a 6-0 victory over Scotland at Bramall Lane. Hot prospects such as Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland are now considered as important players at Premier League clubs.

On Friday 23 August, Gareth Southgate was confirmed as Head Coach of the England U21 side on a three-year contract.

The ex-Middlesbrough manager said: “I’m delighted to get this role and extremely excited about the prospect of working with the best and brightest young players in the country.

“I'm a proud Englishman and playing for my country was the pinnacle of my playing career. Since retiring as a player I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience of the game both here and abroad, and I'm eager to play my part in preparing players to compete at the highest level.

"Whenever any team steps onto the pitch for England, being successful is of huge importance, but it is also about developing a clear style of play that can allow our talented young players to flourish.”

Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom, Jordon Ibe and Ross Barkley are just a few of the young English players to put in a positive performance for their respective Premier League clubs so far this season.

Even further down the age groups, the U17 national side recently went unbeaten in the annual Nordics Tournament, under the guidance of Kenny Swain.

Victories over the Faroe Islands, Finland and Norway - as well as a draw with Norway - saw the team finish fifth overall in the competition.

No need to worry ladies and gents, the future is indeed bright for England.


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