Roberto Martinez is the perfect replacement for Roy Hodgson.

With the World Cup draw around the corner, this may be another tournament that will end in a quarter final sport, or England failing to get through because of penalties, but it might not be all doom and gloom for the future.

There will be the chance the FA hold on to Hodgson until 2016, but is it time we called it quits after this tournament?

For England have, let's be honest, not been the best team to come out of Europe in recent years, considering the talent that graces the pitch, as UEFA picked their top 40 players in Europe, without a single Englishman making the list.

But the sad truth is you have to agree with UEFA, for once. As, aside from Wayne Rooney; who is good enough to make that list from the last year's performances? Steven Gerrard? Probably, but it is a long shot.

As England over recent years have been dull and boring, scraping results when they should be going to away grounds like Ukraine and Montenegro and dominating, like they did at Wembley not so long ago. So why do they have this mentality about them?

Granted, England finished the group unbeaten, but it had to come down to the final two fixtures of the group, and when they came up against Chile and Germany, playing very strong line-ups, they were swiped aside, and that may be what happens in a years time in Brazil, you never know.

But one thing that needs to change is the management style, a different manager who likes playing attacking football and has an impact on a team, someone like Roberto Martinez.

Why you ask? A couple of reasons really, he has adapted to the English leagues. Having played a lower level of football for a few years with such teams as Swansea City and Chester and Wigan Athletic, moving from the Spanish league.

The clubs he has managed. Taking Swansea up from league one to becoming a stable side in the Championship then going onto Wigan helping them survive relegation a number of times before winning the FA Cup against Manchester City, now at Everton where his side recently overturned Manchester United.

Finally his attacking style. For whatever team the 40-year-old has taken over, he keeps the same style of football, an attacking style who aren't afraid to concede a goal, it didn't really work at Wigan, mainly due to their poor defence, but at Everton we are seeing the true colours of his talent.

A perfect example, the FA Cup final. Manchester City went into that game beating Chelsea, with the more challenging run into the final, while Wigan beat the likes of Huddersfield and Millwall, but it was Martinez's men who played Mancini's side off the park, with young Callum McManaman putting in a highlighted performance.

Another reason to bring in Martinez, because he produces young, exciting talent. Bringing through McManaman at Wigan showed there was hope for England, but since Martinez left, the 21-year-old hasn't been the same player.

Ross Barkley, never really prospered under David Moyes, now under Roberto, he is playing every week. Along with young John Stones, now on the bench after being in the reserves, and Leighton Baines who is actually getting games for England now because of his standard of play.

There is no mistaking the talent Martinez has, it is just whether the FA will give him the chance, albeit any foreign manager the chance to prove they have what it takes.

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