Ever since the golden year of 1966, England have struggled to live up to expectations at international competitions - reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup only once in 1990.
Now plans have been put in place to solve the lack of English talent by restructuring the English football system by entering "B" teams; in order to improve youth development. This decision has followed Greg Dyke's ambitions of reclaiming the World Cup in 2022.
Many people have questioned the likelihood of this statement which is why changes are being made to football in our country. But the question is - do we need to adapt? Or is there enough upcoming talent to reform the success of the England national team.
From here on in I will be looking at why I feel that change is not essential and that fact we have the potential to increase our competitiveness at global tournaments. Here are three shining stars that I believe will turn out to be world class players - one's who can emulate the class of 1966.
1) Luke Shaw - The 18 year-old left back has had an epic season down on the south coast, helping Southampton to a very respectable eighth place finish in the Barclay's Premier League. Now he has broken into the England squad who knows what the future of this young boy could be like. He's got pace, crossing and most importantly composure - normally only shown by older, more experienced players.
2) Ross Barkley - Now a regular in the Everton line-up in the heart of midfield, this youngster has a lot of quality. He is only 20 years old and has already made three caps for England - a number sure to significantly increase in the upcoming years. This tall scouser has been compared to the likes of Paul Gascoigne and I'm sure with a bit of hard graft he will emulate the success of the England hero.
3) Raheem Sterling - One of Liverpool's key players in their title challenge, Sterling has enjoyed an excellent season in Mersyside bombarding down the flanks and causing defenders real issues. Nine goals in the Premier League this year represent the tremendous season the winger has had. As the World Cup is fast approaching could Sterling be the key to English glory?
These are just three outstanding examples of what our national team has to offer but there are many more rising up the ranks that could also shine as English stars in the near future. Can our youngsters actualise what the previous generation could not achieve?
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