They won’t be making waves in France next summer, but the England faithful may have something bright on the horizon.
The Three Lions failed to advance from group play for the first time in half a century during their calamitous Brazilian World Cup campaign.
With the ‘Golden Generation’ having the dubious distinctions of missing Euro 2008 and two penalty shootout disasters to add to their resume’, David Beckham and co. disappointed England’s footballing masses to say the absolute least.
As the likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry and Steven Gerard exit the international stage, pessimism and the mourning of lost opportunity set in for a proud footballing nation who believed they could return to the glory days of George Best.
They didn’t, but Defcon 1 calls are premature. Day by day, week by week, the next slew of England stars are rearing their heads and it looks like they are set to make waves.
Harry Kane (K-A-N-E – not the underappreciated fictional TV exec with tragic sideburns) is the latest homegrown talent to show that he can become, sooner rather than later, a world class talent, and Raheem Sterling will certainly add a scary amount of flair to that attack force as the 20-year-old continues to mature.
We’ve also seen the emergence of Southhampton’s Fraser Forster, who has kept the Saints near the top of the table and garnered international praise from the likes of Xavi Hernandez, among others. He looks to be in sharper form that England’s current No. 1, Joe Hart, and seems destined to supplant the Man City keeper.
While the names may not jump out at you now, the aforementioned three, in addition to other emerging talent, this XI could wreak havoc by the end of the next World Cup cycle, and that’s with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge waiting in tow.