England struggling to qualify for a tournament. Limping to the finals and then getting dumped out on penalties. Sound familiar?
Watching England play football has often been a painful experience. Very few players seem to play with any pride. The older players in the squad seem to be trying to carry the rest of the team and many people say that quality young English players are few and far between. However after watching the first day of the Premier League I have to say we have an abundance of great young players who in the coming years could truly help England become a national team to be proud of.
Luke Shaw from Southampton is a particularly exciting talent. He reminds me very much of Gareth Bale when he first started. Possessing a frightening amount of pace, he’s not afraid to run at the opposition and take them on.
Ross Barkley from Everton didn’t look out of place in the premier league. He was the outstanding player against Norwich and capped off a great performance with a goal that any player would be proud of.
Liverpool have a lot of young English talent. Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom, Martin Kelly and Danny Sturridge are all players for the future. Danny Sturridge has shown he can score goals at the very top level and if his season goes to plan he will surely have to be in the World Cup squad.
Jack Wilshere is certainly a future England captain. Nathanial Chalobah from Chelsea is another player who can set the national scene alight. Steven Caulker has the potential to be a top centre back and his move to Cardiff will help him become a regular player.
Manchester United already have young established England stars in Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Wilf Zaha is also certain to make a massive impact for the Three Lions.
Then you look at a team like West Ham United who have always produced great talent. Mark Noble, James Tomkins and Ravel Morrison surely have to catch the eye of the England manager in the near future.
All these players and many more are the reason why you shouldn't be worried about the future of England, quite the opposite, you should be excited.