The upcoming World Cup will be a curtain call for many England players. While the remaining players of the England vanguard may be able to limp through Euro 2016, Hodgson will undoubtedly need to delve deep into the national pool to assemble a squad capable of making themselves among the favorites in the Betway Sports odds ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Luckily for Roy, England under-17s won the 2010 European Championships, and come 2018 these players will be mature 25-year-olds who will provide the bedrock for an England team aiming for a successful trip. Below we look at some of the players from that side who we should expect to see turning out for England in the future…
The Liverpool midfielder captained the team to success; he has represented his country at every level up to England under-20s. He is the current Liverpool under-20s captain and made his first-team debut in last season’s game against Fulham. The combative midfielder is currently on loan at League 1 side Sheffield United and has featured seven times for the Blades. There is a lot of buzz around this player and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has earmarked him as a potential Steven Gerrard replacement.
A fellow Liverpudlian, this Everton player needs very little introduction. After spending his early career on the fringes of the Everton squad, Barkley has burst onto the scene this season. He has played seven Premier League games this season and scored twice. He has also managed to gain a cap for the full England side. If Barkley continues with his current form it wouldn’t be surprising to see him board the plane to Rio next year. Barkley really is the future of English football and once he is fully developed he will be able to fill the void left by the out-going Frank Lampard.
Another player who has burst onto the international scene, the Stoke ‘keeper made it into the England squad for Euro 2012 and was the first-choice ‘keeper for the Great Britain team in the 2012 Olympics. In January, Stoke acquired his services from Birmingham for a reported £3.5million. He’s currently on loan at Barnsley in the Championship; with 71 competitive games under his belt, Butland is improving at an unprecedented rate. He is a solid goalkeeper who will soon be challenging Joe Hart for the number one jersey, and will most likely be part of the 2014 World Cup squad.
The youngest player of the victorious 2010 team at the ripe old age of 15, this defender won critical acclaim for his performances last year at Watford. The Chelsea player is currently on-loan at Nottingham Forrest. With bags of potential this youngster looks like a readymade replacement for John Terry both at club and international level.
There can be no denying that England have talented youngsters. If these players as well as other youngsters such as Andre Wisdom, Luke Shaw and Connor Wickham carry on developing, England have a great chance of mounting a successful 2018 World Cup bid.