As a patriotic yet very realistic fan, I want the best for England and the future success of our noble country.
As fans, we are often frustrated when watching England. Some may say we expect too much from our country, But with the tradition, history and patriotic support we show, we deserve more.
The upcoming World Cup in Brazil will showcase some of the greatest footballing nations and best players that the world has ever seen. In difficult playing conditions, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach.
Many fans are looking at the group stage as a major obstacle. It’s true that we have been given a tough group with Uruguay, in my opinion, potential winners. But I believe that with a good result against an aging Italy side who are beatable, we can reach the knockout phase.
Many questions are being asked of Roy Hodgson: who does he take? Who does he leave behind? It’ll be interesting to see if he goes with experience in Frank Lampard and co or a younger, inexperienced group.
Here’s a list of young players that I believe Hodgson should at least contemplate selecting - players who could gain first-hand experience before future World Cups:
The young, uncapped Everton defender has been sensational for Roberto Martinez's side this season.
The West Ham midfielder - currently on loan at QPR - has had a good season. He will definitely feature at future World Cups, but I fear that his loan move to the Championship may have adversely effected his chances of selection.
Like Morrison, Kane has used this season as a stepping stone for next year. He possesses the quality necessary to become a future England striker.
Hughes has played a fundamental part in Derby’s successful season. The 19-year-old creative midfielder will definitely become important in future major tournaments, but like Ravel and Kane many not have made enough top-flight appearances to persuade Hodgson.
The Saints full-back has been brilliant this season and made a real case for himself for this year’s trip to Brazil. Ashley Cole has hardly featured for Chelsea this year and surely won’t be still England material in 2018.
While Cole has unquestionable experience - which is a must have at major tournaments - England need to be realistic and come to terms with what we can achieve this summer. Preparation is key and taking Shaw would be an intelligent decision.
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