Following one of England's worst ever World Cup performances, criticism has been heaped on Roy Hodgson and his England team.
Such criticism is justified, as although a group containing Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica is one of the toughest in the competition, England's wealth of experience and talent should have been enough to see them through into the knockout stages. Nevertheless, there is hope despite such disappointment that leaves England fans with a slice of optimism about the 2016 Euros in France.
Even before the kick-off of the tournament, fans were calling on Roy Hodgson to pick the young forward from Liverpool. The young Englishman's performance in the game against Italy was enough to demonstrate how Sterling will become a vital cog in the English system, with his impressive display. Although his, perhaps less involved against Uruguay, Sterling still showed flashes of brilliance with his fast dribbling a major asset to any team.
Sterling's final delivery needs improvement, but his thunderous 25 yard strike against Italy, that even television companies thought had nestled in the top corner, shows development in this area. The reported news that Real Madrid are interested in Sterling only highlights the youngsters glowing reputation, which gives England fans hope for the future as he will only improve into a world class footballer.
Although 'The Ox' didn't played at the World Cup to date due to injury, his performance in the warm up fixtures has given England fans something to be excited about. A key component of Arsene Wenger's club blueprint, Oxlade-Chamberlain's powerful running and ability to glide past defenders would compliment Sterling on the other England wing. With two quick, and skilful wingers, the Three Lions would be able to frighten any defence, and with Oxlade-Chamberlain's eye for a pass, England have a player capable of unlocking even the sturdiest of defences.
Restricted in his game-time, yet effective when on the pitch, Ross Barkley is highly regarded by football fans worldwide. A box-to-box midfielder with power and pace to beat players is something England have been missing for years. All great teams have someone who can run with the ball, a player like Yaya Toure or Patrick Vieira, and England finally can boast one as well.
Looking back over the past season of the Premier League highlights, Barkley's ability demonstrates exactly why some of the biggest clubs have been linked with a £50million move for his services. Barkley's effectiveness when used as a substitute shows exactly why England fans are excited about his talent, and exactly why such excitement is fully justified.
Daniel Sturridge had his moments of brilliance in Brazil, especially in the build up to Wayne Rooney's goal against Uruguay. Sturridge's feet are quick, which when added to his pace can be a deadly combination. His goal against Italy epitomises how England can be expected to play, with a fast-flowing move finished off by the centre forward.
Sturridge's eye for a goal is undisputed following a successful spell at Liverpool, which gives cause for optimism, as he is bound to start scoring for England regularly as well. It must still be remembered that Sturridge is only 24, which is a shock to many as he appears to have been around for years. With such youth he is likely to continue improving in time for the Euros, which adds an impressive string to Roy Hodgson's bow.
England's disappointing World Cup showing is hard to swallow for even the most die-hard England fans. However the display of the young and upcoming English talent in the competition, and its build-up, has given fans cause for optimism. The attacking ability is there, and if nurtured and managed well by Roy Hodgson, England could be a team to fear in the upcoming Euros in France.
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