There have been complaints that young English players are not given a chance in the Premier League and that this is destroying the future of the England national team, however there is a ray of hope in an otherwise gloomy future. Here GMS looks at five youngsters who have world-class potential.
Wilshere has recently made an almost complete recovery from an injury that stopped him playing for 14 months, he has established himself as a regular in the Arsenal first team and is making his way to Roy Hodgeson's England team. Having already played in all 4 Premier League games this season in a strong Arsenal side, England fans everywhere will be hoping he overcomes his injury problems and becomes a truly world class midfielder.
Everton's Ross Barkley has not really been noticed much until this season so it is early days to make a decision about him immediately, however in the games he has played he has been exceptional, including an excellent performance in the win over Chelsea. He lead his team's sharp counterattacks with brilliant vision and passing and had an all round solid game. He has made a few substitute appearances for England and with Lampard and Gerrard ageing it's not hard to see him playing regularly for England in a few seasons.
Zaha was one of the key factors in Crystal Palace's promotion and now that he has gone on to Manchester United he will have even better coaches and training facilities to aid his development. Unfortunately there are some down sides as so far this season he has not been allowed much game time under new manager David Moyes and may seek a loan in order to play more and get more experience. Despite his lack of playing time he is a bright talent and the winger will hopefully go on to play well for England in the future.
The Arsenal winger has huge potential and impressed everybody shortly after his move from Southampton in the 2011-12 season. Although he initially impressed, his second season with the Gunners was hampered due to injuries and he is alike Zaha in the view that he is more of a rotation option to his club.
Arsene Wenger likes to give youngsters lots of game time and he is sure to get this under Wenger although it may not be as much the rest of the Arsenal midfield. He has impressed for England, most notably during his second half cameo performance against Brazil back in June as he came on to score an outstanding volley and add flare to a poor England performance. He has not worked out where his best position is yet as he has been utilized on both flanks and as a central midfielder, but no matter what position he plays his future is bright and he could be key to England's attack in the coming years.
Luke Shaw has established himself as a strong left back for the Southampton first-team and has already gotten lots of game experience under his belt despite being only 18. Although he has not been playing in the England National side, there is plenty to come from the left-back in his career. He a Southampton regular and will become a very strong defender and a star of the future. It is unlikely he will get into the England team ahead of Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines but when they finish their international careers he will be ready to step in and make the left-back berth his own.
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