After what has been England's worst showing at the World Cup since 1958, 18 year old, Luke Shaw is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this batch of England players.
The £34 million rated defender, who looks set to join Manchester United this summer, gained his first competitive cap for England in their 0-0 draw against Costa Rica - the team's only point of the tournament. This follows two consecutive 2-1 defeats to Italy and Uruguay and for many England fans this has been a disastrous campaign despite the strength of the group as it was predicted the team would at least make the knock-out stages.
Although there is mutual feeling of disappointment, there were some encouraging signs from the 11 days as the team dominated each of the games with a lot of possession. The only thing separating the three lions from the next round was that finishing touch and that element of class that is what is required. But Shaw is confident that the emerging youth players will be the country's stars of tomorrow.
“I’m excited about the future," he told FIFA.com. "I think this team can do big things and I hope that this will be the first of many World Cups for me and a few others. I definitely want to contribute more in the future, and I see the other young lads who're here - guys like Raheem [Sterling] and Ross Barkley - being great England players for years to come."
He added that it was a shame that Jon Stones and John Flanagan missed out on a place in the squad but believes they too will be part of the team for many years to come.
"There's a lot to build on. There are plenty of good English players coming through, and the likes of Stonesy and Flanno (Jon Stones and John Flanagan), who came out with us but didn't make the final squad, can also make a big impact going forward. It's been a disappointing tournament but we all feel there's a lot to look forward to with this team."
Shaw continued by saying he was thankful to Hodgson for giving him the opportunity to represent his country at such a young age. He was humbled that he had been given the nod ahead of the experienced and well respected, Ashley Cole. The Chelsea left back, who has spent much of his time on the sidelines last season, has represented England over 100 times and understood when he wasnt picked as Baines was handed the first team role.
But like Cole, it looks like it is out with the old and in with the new - maybe except Roo. Captain, Steven Gerrard is weighing up his options after his third World Cup. Along with him, 36 year old Frank Lampard is also looking to hang up his boots after he captained the side for the final group game in what seemed more like a final farewell for the former Chelsea man who is on his way to New York City.
After the 2002 World Cup, England crashed out to Brazil and after that, the team was revamped for the European Championships with the youthful faces of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Wayne Rooney. Now it looks to be time to say goodbye to these heroes of old and look to next Euro campaign by putting our trust in Barkley, Sterling and Shaw and seeing if they can raise our hopes like those before them.
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