When Andros Townsend made his first ever international appearance for England he caught everyone's eye. He was so direct and his quick feet enabled him to just glide by players and become a real problem for the opposition. It was a relief to see an Englishman finally play with no fear, and try out new things without worrying about the consequences.
The reason Townsend played with this mindset was simply one reason and one reason only, inexperience. Most inexperienced players tend to play with no fear and like to push the boundaries, this is because there isn't a huge expectation for them to perform, whereas for players such as Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, people know what they are capable of, and expect to see a stunning performance every time, putting them under serious pressure.
Don't get me wrong, every team needs experienced players because they've been there, done that, worn the T-shirt and know what to do and how to achieve it. They are also leaders, men who can motive the team and stay calm when everyone else is losing the plot.
I feel England have not found that balance yet, yes they may have taken Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the Euros and Theo Walcott to the previous World Cup, but it simply isn't enough.
Every Three Lions manager (since Sven Goran-Eriksson) has been reluctant to drop or cut any of the 'Old Dogs'. But, luckily for us, some of the England veterans have either retired or have passed their prime, meaning there is room on that plane to Brazil for some new players to wear the England shirt.
Here are my top five inexperienced players that I think Roy Hodgson should take to the 2014 World Cup next summer.
1. Ross Barkley
This man has to go to the World Cup in my eyes, he has skill, flair, great work rate and a banging left foot. At the start of the season he was a shining star for Everton, which got him an England call-up back in September. He's certainly someone that Hodgson should consider.
2. Nathan Redmond
Redderz has teekerz and boy has he been showing it in his first season in the Premier League. Redmond recently made the switch from Birmingham to Norwich in a £3 million move this summer.
He's very much like Townsend with his quick feet and explosive pace. However he's not a one trick pony who always makes a dart for the byline (like Aaron Lennon and Stewart Downing) as he likes to keep defenders on their toes, so always expect the unexpected.
3. Steven Caulker
With John Terry and Rio Ferdinand out of the frame there is now room for a brand new pair of skippers, Hodgson has seemed to have gone with Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill as his starting two, personally I think he should re-evaluate that idea, firstly both of these players do not play regularly for their domestic club, nor have they been convincing in international games.
Caulker would be brilliant for England, he's tall, strong, smart and solid. Newly-promoted Cardiff payed Tottenham £9 million for his services! That's how good he is. Him and Phil Jagielka I feel should be the starting centre-backs at the World Cup in Brazil.
Other people to consider: Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Ravel Morrison, Fraser Forster, Matt Jarvis.
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