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England's youth have provided a sense of optimism for the World Cup

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Ross Barkley impressed against Ecuador. (©GettyImages)
Ross Barkley impressed against Ecuador. (©GettyImages).

Every four years, players don the kit of their respective countries as they get ready for biggest prize of them all - the FIFA World Cup.

With expectations soaring, all of the countries will be looking to stamp their authority and be crowned world champions.

One of the countries with a lot to prove is England.

Blessed with a wealth of world-class players, the Three Lions have one of the best squads in the world when the team is looked at from an individual point of view. Together they haven’t gelled well, however, and have failed to impress for many years despite the presence of various stars.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are considered to be two of the best midfielders of their generation but have never been able to replicate their excellent club form into the national side when asked to play together. The team has been accused time and time again of playing tepid, uninspiring football and is often found depending on their big players to pull something out of nothing.

Despite all the shortcomings and problems prevalent in the squad, this could be the year they turn it around. Manager Roy Hodgson has done something numerous managers before him have failed to do and put faith in youth making this the youngest world cup squad in English history - second only to the squad of 1958 - with an average age of 26.

Alongside the youth, Hodgson’s side also has experience with the likes of Wayne Rooney (89 caps), Glen Johnson (50 caps) and Joe Hart (39 caps) to provide balance to youthful exuberance brought upon by the youngsters in the team.

The injection of youth has roused a sense of optimism and confidence many haven't seen for a while now.

So far they haven’t really been as convincing as most of their fans would have hoped but the unique blend of youth and experience have invoked a sense of belief and fans are buoyed by the prospect seeing their team achieve their full potential and become the force they used to be.

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