After England were drawn into the 'Group of death' for the Rio de Janeiro 2014 World Cup, spirits were down and confidence was at an all time low.
With Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay all to play in group stages, the Three Lions will have to perform or they stand no chance of making it to the knockout rounds.
In the 2010 World Cup, England managed to get past the group stages but then were humiliated with a 4-1 defeat by Germany, ending the competition on a very negative note.
This shows that changes have to be made and with a survey showing that in 2013 the Premier League is less than a third English, the game seemed to be slowly dying.
Despite this, Roy Hodgson seems confident with the youth that is being brought through the academies and has put a certain focus on a few of the younger players with potential for the Rio 2014 squad.
Hodgson identified Ross Barkley as a potential target for the 2014 squad after his impressive international debut in 2013. After a remarkable season so far for Everton, the 20-year-old has been noticed by Hodgson and it is felt he might be just what we need within the team.
Ravel Morrison is another youngster who has caught the eye and could be a wildcard for the English side. He's been in excellent form for West Ham this season and feels he is in with a strong chance of challenging Jack Wilshire for a place in the squad.
However, his performance on the pitch may be exceptional, but off the pitch it has been a different story at times. Without a doubt though, he must be a very strong consideration.
With Theo Walcott out due to injury for 2014, this has made way for a new face within the squad and this could come in the form of Raheem Sterling. He has been on top of his game recently and is confident in his own ability, with his extreme pace and capability to create and score goals.
However, he will not be alone when battling for this position, with strong competition such as Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
However, although there is new talent coming through, England will need experience to hold the team together and perform under the extreme pressure. So I feel the likes of Joe Hart, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney should all be included, without a doubt.
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