International football is becoming increasingly reliant on the successful production of young players. In a world where Neymar, Lionel Messi, Mario Gotze, and many other young stars carry their country on their backs, the future of any nation seems to be reliant on the output of it's younger ranks.
In the case of England, there has to be questions asked. England is coming to the end of a generation; one that saw the rise and dominance of the likes of current skipper Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, and so many other players that have, or are soon to be, retired.
The significance of this isn't the loss of players, for this is not to be considered a major concern for supporters of the Three Lions, however the concern for fans is to be rooted more significantly in the output of English football today.
Today's young English stars are not to the same calibre of Gerrard, Lampard, and the rest. They do not quite compare to their predecessors, however they still carry a tremendous weight for this squad. When one looks at the mid-aged players in the England squad today, they note weight up front in the form of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, and the solid keeper at the back in Joe Hart.
However these three players compose the bulk of the mid-aged portion of England's squad, a concern considering the limited production of young stars in the past years.
This is not to say that there are not good, young players coming out of England today. Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling are all examples of England's promising future. However the inconsistent production of these players definitely raises flags for the managing team of the national side. These three players continue to bear an increasingly large significance to the side, one that many people are beginning to question their capacity to handle.
It is definitely an arguable point, but one that is to be considered. The production of young players is a focal point at the international level, and England's limit in this particular area could spell trouble in the coming years.
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