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Euro 2016 Group allows England to build for future

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The English FA has never been noted for its forward thinking. They took two decades too long to build St George's Park because they wanted a shiny new Wembley and they made the likes of Ron Greenwood England manager ahead of Brian Clough.

The worst example of the FA's incompetence however, has been its failure to bring players through the international set up.

While the likes of Germany, Spain and France have created a conveyor belt of talent designed to nurture players from youth level to the senior side, England haven't followed suit.

The Three Lions' approach has been, at best, haphazard and at worst non-existent. England have lurched from one tournament to the next without ever trying to build a truly top class side.

UEFA however, have given England the perfect opportunity to change all this. The
expansion of the European Championships to 24 nations means that failing to qualify for France 2016 is nearly impossible, and definitely inconceivable.

The top two teams from each group and the best third placed runner up will all qualify for the tournament, meaning the likes of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - none of whom who have made a major tournament since France 1998, will all fancy their chances of qualifying.

England's Euro 2016 group backs this up. Games against Switzerland should be tight but Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino should all be beaten and beaten comfortably.

England therefore need to embrace this expanded European Championship by building for the future and promoting youth after the World Cup.

The likes of Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling, Jay Rodrigeuz should all be selected and
given the qualification to develop into the best team possible.

Phil Jones, Steven Caulker, John Stones and Chris Smalling should be the centre backs in the squad.

Whilse current under-21 players like Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse and Will Hughes should be squad regulars.

To do this, senior players like Steven Gerrard, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines should be ruthlessly cut.

They may deserve a place at the moment, but England need to think long term. Young players need to be given the chance to develop.


The Euro 2016 qualifying campaign must be a new dawn for England.

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