England have always had a fantastic national team on paper but somehow always seem to fall short of the big guns. But with the future looking extremely bright with England prospects emerging from all over the country, I take a look at some of our nation's future stars:
GK: Jack Butland
The former Birmingham man has received many plaudits around English football after a fantastic 2012 Olympics campaign with Great Britain. The young goalkeeper reportedly received many offers from 'top' English clubs but Stoke were the eventual winners of Butland's signature after the promising star rejected Chelsea to seek more first team opportunities.
LB: Luke Shaw
The Southampton starlet has came through a youth system that has produced some world class players over the years. Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all emerged from the Saints' academy and Shaw looks set to follow in the footsteps of his former teammates. The 17-year-old has announced himself as a regular starter for Southampton and looks set for an outstanding career at the top end of football.
CB: Phil Jones
Jones has really announced himself as a United regular since his £16m move from Championship side Blackburn Rovers. The Englishman has really proven himself to be an outstanding player and has established himself as a Premier League household name after two successful seasons in United's first team.
CB: Chris Smalling
There were huge question marks over the £7m price tag that Sir Alex Ferguson paid for the former Fulham prodigy, but Smalling has really proven to his doubters that he has the potential to become a world class centre-half. Smalling has had two successful years in the United first team alongside Phil Jones, and the pair of defenders look extremely promising for the England setup.
RB: Andre Wisdom
Wisdom was given his chance in the Liverpool first-team when Brendan Rodgers picked him to play against Swiss side Young Boys and the young gun announced himself as a Liverpool player by marking his debut with a bullet header that helped his side to claim three points in the Europa League tie. Wisdom is a versatile player that has captained both the England U21s and Liverpool at youth level and he looks a real leader on the pitch that could become a star given a chance in the England side.
CM: Jack Wilshere
The Arsenal man is an outstanding talent with real quality in the middle of the park. Wilshere has been a class act for Arsenal since breaking into the first team several years ago and despite a series of setbacks Wilshere looks fitter than ever. With current England captain Steven Gerrard ageing, Wilshere looks set to take over the Liverpool talisman's key role in the international setup.
CM: Ross Barkley
The Everton prodigy has shown fantastic potential whilst working his way through the Everton youth system and despite his first-team opportunities being minimal, Barkley looks set to break into Roberto Martinez's side. Recently earning his first England senior call-up, Barkley looks set to announce himself on the international stage.
LM: Wilfried Zaha
The Manchester United man has already received his first two England caps and there may many more to come. Zaha is an outstanding talent and looks set to take not only the Premier League by storm but the international game as well.
RM: Raheem Sterling
Sterling has dazzled the Anfield faithful over the past few years. Whether it be his blistering pace, his quick feet or his instinctive finishing, this lad has it all. Don't be surprised to see the winger feature a lot more often in Roy Hodgson's plans during the coming years.
AM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Ox has already demonstrated why he is so highly thought of in the English game after dazzling the Emirates and bracing Wembley on many occasions. Chamberlain is an outstanding talent and combines outstanding feet and blistering pace with a core strength that gives him the potential to be world class for club and country.
ST: Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge has been immense since his January arrival at Liverpool. Despite troubled spells at Chelsea and Man City, the Liverpool man finally seems at home in a red shirt. Sturridge has found the net numerous times for the Reds, scoring 16 goals in 19 appearances and leaving fans, pundits and former managers blown away by the form he has displayed. England may reap the benefits of the Liverpool forward's form if he's chosen in the national side.
Other notable names:
Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton, Jonjo Shelvey, Jordan Henderson, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Harry Kane, Nick Powell, Will Hughes, Jordan Ibe.
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