Most of us are now looking to the future rather than the past as the 2010 World Cup draws to a close and the question is where do England go from here? After the miserable low of the 4-1 defeat to Germany, the FA has decided to keep manager Fabio Capello in charge and the Italian will have the task of taking The Three Lions to the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. Many pundits have called for some of the older players to be cut adrift in the qualifiers in favour of some of England’s brightest young talent. Would this be a way of getting some excitement back into our game?
Excitement isn’t something that England gave us in South Africa, but Tim Westwood reckons it’s imperative that we get it back into our game and it’s hard to disagree with him. In his latest 2010 World Cup blog the big dawg says “we’ve got to bring in some of the younger lads as the old guard ain’t holding out no more.” Time is running out for the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and John Terry in terms of their international career and you have to wonder whether they’d still be anywhere near the top of their game when the 2014 World Cup in Brazil arrives. So is it time to give our youngsters a chance?
The Premier League isn’t exactly full to bursting with English talent right now but there are a few players dotted around the top clubs that are exciting prospects. One player in particular, Manchester City’s winger Adam Johnson, should possibly have even been on the plane to South Africa and the winger’s eagerness to take defenders on makes him a thrilling player to watch. Other youngsters such as Everton’s Jack Rodwell and the Tottenham duo of Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone seem likely to be given a chance, while City’s Joe Hart looks like he could be England’s number one for a long time to come.
However, you have to wonder whether Capello has the confidence to throw in the youngsters and give them a chance at the highest level. One thing that Westwood says is “I’d rather lose with younger players and see a glimmer of hope than this.” To be fair no-one wants to see a repeat of the events in South Africa and if that means we have to turn to the youngsters then so be it. Capello has a chance now to build a team with a young core in the way that Joachim Low has done with Germany. If the Italian does this then we might just look forward to England matches in the next two years a little bit more.
To read Tim Westwood’s latest World Cup article in full head to the News of the World website: http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/866233/ENGLAND-FANS-HAVE-ALREADY-MOVED-ON.html
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