After the unveiling of the newly put together England squad earlier this week, it would seem clear the direction Roy Hodgson wants to go.
As we take a look around now the only member left of the once elite 'Golden Generation' is Wayne Rooney, this comes after the recent retirement of senior pros such as Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who ended their careers on 108 and 114 caps respectively.
Many believed that it was the right time for them to hang up their international boots but there were still those who thought they both still had something to offer in the centre of midfield for England.
Take Lampard for example, how many 36 year old footballers can still put in a performance at the highest level like he can? However, after the recent run of form he had been enjoying for City he has since been side-lined with an injury but is expected to be fully fit in the coming weeks, perhaps after the international break.
Gerrard, on the other hand, has not performed this season and seems to have had issues negotiating a new contract with Liverpool, it has been reported that he doesn’t want to hang up his boots just yet and would even consider joining another team to carry on playing, much similar to his former England team mate Frank.
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However, even after losing such quality talent as these two in the centre of midfield on international duty, there is always a silver lining. Young up and coming talent now have a chance to prove themselves in an England shirt.
Players like Saido Berahino, Calum Chambers, Raheem Sterling Kieran Gibbs, Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley all have the opportunity to shine with the chance they’ve been given by boss Roy Hodgson.
Other players like Harry Kane for Spurs are also expected to get a chance soon enough as he is another great example of an exciting young talent in fine form in all competitions for his club.
Youth is the Future
Many have their doubts about the stability of the national team as most are inexperienced at that level and are still at a very tender age with the average player being around 21. Then again there are those who believe in giving young talent a chance and looking to the future long term and planning ahead.
A lot of people if you asked them would most likely say club of country any day and some of the bigger clubs don’t want their players going away for international duty and coming back injured and unavailable for selection come match day with their respective clubs.
However, with the international break fast approaching it is a perfect opportunity for the players involved to show themselves off a prove to everyone that they are good enough to play at the level required and try and improve on a disappointing World Cup campaign. After all if you’re good enough you’re old enough right?
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