England must show their pride ahead of new qualifying campaign

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It's a constant battle following the England team in their quest to secure a place in either the World Cup or the European Championships or even watching a friendly game.

The history of this country has been built upon great players that not only had skill but also heart, passion and courage, something that some members of the current England squad can be accused of lacking.

Roy Hodgon's current set of players are a younger squad than us English fans are used to, now that the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have left the international scene.


Now with these young faces comes huge responsibility. The hope of a nation lies on their shoulders, something that will be new to a lot of the players, but that isn't an excuse to fail or at least try.

In the past few years we as supporters have been used to below par England performances, whether it's the frustration of the national anthem situation - where some players merely push out the words rather than bellow with passion - or the performances on the pitch that offer ideas but no heart.

Now, I'm not naive. The current England squad will not be challenging for titles in the next at Euro 2016 as we simply don't have the quality yet. However, it's not hard to ask for 11 young gentleman to step onto that pitch with their heart on their sleeves.

Because that's all as a nation we should be asking for and expecting. A 2016 Championship push is too farfetched if we compare ourselves with the likes of Germany, Spain, and Italy.

So if we do go and fail, then there's questions to be asked regarding the performance, but if we go, fail but give it our all and show that this nation will be challenging for upcoming tournaments, then no moaning should be excepted.

So who do we look at now, what player is going to step up and lead this team on after the many years of failed Tournaments?

Rooney & Cahill passion

Wayne Rooney is the current skipper, a player that clearly has passion for the game.

At the back we have Gary Cahill, a player that has shown leadership qualities on the pitch for both England and club Chelsea. Cahill really is a player that could step up and do this country proud.

But apart from these two, I'm not sure where the main inspiration is in this current English team. 

The central midfielder paring of Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson offers more frustration than inspiration. Both players are clearly talented, but have yet to really light it up at club level or on the international stage.

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Inspiration must come quick

Wherever the inspiration comes from, it needs to come quick. England's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign begins tonight and we will need to get off to an emphatic start in order to lay down a marker. 

England find themselves pitted against Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino in the qualifying group for the 2016 European Championship.

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