With yet another disappointing world rankings position, it looks like England's future can only get worse.
With the national team's position slowly slumping down the table and with high profile foreigners coming to the Premier League, it does seem like England have stopped manufacturing top youngsters that can compete with the world's best.
However, GiveMeSport contributor Ben Ward is set to prove the doubters wrong, by looking at five players who just might restore our nation's faith.
Life after Gareth Bale may have just been sorted for Tottenham, now that Andros Townsend has finally made the breakthrough at the north London club. It may have taken nine loan spells, including a stint at QPR in the Premier League last term, but the England Under 21 international has almost fully established himself at White Hart Lane.
Townsend, 22, has made a good start to proceedings at Tottenham this season in both domestic and European competitions. He announced himself by scoring and assisting twice in a European tie against Dinamo Tblisi.
After a successful spell at QPR last season, many believe that he has the quality and potential to light up the Premier League. His main strengths include dribbling and cutting inside for long shots. He has received an eagerly awaited England call-up by Roy Hodgson, which could show he's in the frame to achieve big things.
Another north London prospect is Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. Arguably the best midfielder we've produced since Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard, Wilshere is an established England international who loves to pass and dribble through opposition defences.
Wilshere, 21, has unfortunately suffered 'England's midfield curse' which saw prospects such as Owen Hargreaves and Keiron Dyer fall short of glory in recent years due to contract injuries.
But hopefully he will be able to keep fit after his return to action following 14 months out.
With 10 England caps to his name and counting, it's not difficult to see Roy Hodgson's high hopes for the Stevenage-born midfielder. Despite Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil in the summer, Jack Wilshere has been able to retain his place in the side that he could be leading to glory in the future.
Ross Barkley of Everton has come from a loan spell at Leeds to an England debut in just a few months. At just 19-years-of-age, the creative midfielder has proven his worth and cemented himself a place in Roberto Martinez's Everton side.
With top Premier League scouts watching on, he put in an almost faultless display against Chelsea on Sunday. For such a young player, he is both very technical and very physical as he can dribble well and pass well.
He came to the Premier League's attention by scoring a fantastic goal against Norwich on the opening day. He is now a full England international after coming on a sub for Jack Wilshere against Moldova, which proves he is worth watching as the years go by.
Whatever England produce in attack, they must produce the same quality in defensive players and Southampton's Luke Shaw is a fine example. He is already a regular for Southampton and plays week in week out in the Premier League, despite being just 18-years-old.
England haven't been short of a left-back in recent times, but making sure your country is well stocked at the back for the future, is a must for any country wanting to compete.
Shaw has already attracted interest from top clubs, but he seems to be determined to play regular football and cement his claim for the England left-back slot.
His relatively young age has not been taken lightly by Premier League clubs as they are fully aware of his quality in the form of his strength, power and technical play. Not yet an English international, but it's not hard to see where the next level for him is.
'The Ox', as he is commonly referred to, made his European debut at 18 and his England debut at 19. It's very clear to see that 'The Ox' has quality on his side, as he continues to perform well in both domestic and European matches for Arsenal.
He is known as a winger that can cut inside and score goals, similar to that of Andros Townsend. A product of the Southampton academy, Oxlade Chamberlain is another one that has found injuries a problem - injuries which denied him a regular spot at Arsenal last season.
Luckily for him, he has a manager that has total confidence in his abilities and will help him to develop into a top class player. Unlike England icon David Beckham, he is known to want to come central in the near future and wants to score, rather than just provide constant deliveries from the flanks. He is yet to make a name for himself on the international stage, but he has a bright future ahead of him.
Of course England have many other great future players coming through the youth academies, but the five players mentioned above could become England's driving force in the future and keep the faith of those who feel it's a dead end for the Three Lions, because quite simply- it's not!
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