England's Under-21s secured their place at next year's European Championship
finals after beating Croatia 4-2 on aggregate. With many of the squad vying for a place in the squad for next year's tournament, some could be in with a shout for the full national side.
Here, we take a look at five of the England's Under-21s side that could make the step up into the full men's side in the upcoming months and years.
5. Eric Dier
Tottenham Hotspurs' latest signing, Eric Dier, has made a very promising start to life at White Hart Lane, scoring twice in his first few league games for the club. As an Under-21 international, Dier has appeared 9 times and has made very good progress at both club and country. In the upcoming years, along with solid performances for Tottenham, Dier could be in the mix for a senior call up.
4. Nathan Redmond
Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond could be in the mix for a senior call up in the upcoming years too. Appearing 18 times and scoring 5 goals for the Under-21s has put him in good stead for a call up. If he continues his form for the Under-21s, he propel his club side, Norwich, to promotion back into the Premier League. Good form and strong performances for club and the Under-21 side, Redmond could receive a call up.
3. Jack Butland
Despite already having an England cap, Jack Butland is another player that could be in the senior squad more often. Having 26 Under-21 appearances to his name, Butland could be vying for a more permanent senior spot. Playing 45 minutes in a friendly to Italy, Butland is no stranger to the senior set up. One potential pitfall for the goalkeeper is the lack of first team football, with it being incredibly difficult to dislodge Asmir Begovic. But in a few years, could Jack Butland challenge Joe Hart for the number 1 position?
2. Will Hughes
Derby County midfielder and Football Manager legend Will Hughes is tipped for big things. A regular starter for Derby and now the Under-21s, Hughes could be set for a bright future in the heart of England's midfield. He has appeared 11 times for the England Under-21s, and has scored twice. With the international retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, do England have a natural successor waiting in the wings?
1. Saido Berahino
Burundi-born striker Saido Berahino is in fine form for both the England Under-21 side and his club, West Brom. Currently the top English scorer in the Premier League, many have touted Berahino for a senior call up. Scoring 10 times in 13 appearances for the Under-21s, there is no doubting that Berahino can finish. With England only calling up 3 strikers for the last set of qualifiers, many questioned the lack of strikers. If he continues his goal scoring form for club and country, could we see Saido Berahino in the senior England team?
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