Tottenham and Chelsea fans here in the Tavern wait filled with anxiety as the squad announcement date edges ever closer.
A World Cup is always a fantastic spectacle for the whole world to feast off and enjoy, getting to watch some of the world’s finest talent in action as footballing giants go to battle.
However, for all of us fanatics here in England, we approach it with a sense of doubt and disappointment. More of a ‘when are we going to go out’, opposed to a ‘who are we going to beat’. As the experiences of many of our lifetimes haven’t exactly shone the greatest glimmer of hope, as we are yet to reach the final since the memorable day in our home country in 1966.
After the triumphs of the U17’s and U20’s England World Cup winning campaigns, it seems to be that the role models of these youngsters in the England first team are the only ones letting the nation down.
After crashing out in an unimaginable fashion against small timers Iceland in the European Championships, who can blame the nation for the doubts and aspirations that surrounds the team heading into the next?
But the positive nature is set to rise in the hearts of many of England fans with a new man in charge, as a rise in form has come at the right time for these two exciting young prospects. Indeed, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Harry Winks have been inspiring for both club and country for the duration of the season.
The latter has broken into the Spurs side and never looked back as he pushes established players such as Moussa Dembele out the Spurs side, while cementing a place in Gareth Southgate’s heart.
Loftus-Cheek, on the other hand, has been in sublime form of late for his loan side Crystal Palace, which has led to him proving doubters wrong with his Man of the Match performance against World Cup winners, Germany.
But it’s still all to play for as a competitive couple of weeks lie ahead domestically for all in question, with players still allowed time to impress. While the midfield positions have proven difficult for England, the two youngsters will surely be battling for a spot, along with the likes of Adam Lallana, Dele Alli and Jack Wilshere in a creative midfield berth.
So, with competition for places rife, let the battle commence between Harry Winks and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
England fans, thoughts on things heading into the World Cup?