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Are England Heading For Football Wilderness?

July 16th, 2010 by

As the debate still rages as to where England went wrong at the World Cup here at Football Banter we’re wondering what the future holds for the England Football team? Are we about to enter the wilderness years where tournament qualification isn’t as nailed on as it once was?

England took the oldest squad they’d ever taken to the World Cup and it didn’t work. Experience was favoured over youth. As August draws closer Fabio Capello, now safe in his job will be looking toward the friendly against Hungary on 11th August. It is time for Capello to bring some young talent to the England squad, it’s time to blood some new talent. But is that talent available?

In Joe Hart, England took a very good young goalkeeper to the World Cup but, despite the calls from the press he was never going to play unless there was an injury – he simply didn’t have the minutes on the pitch under his belt. We all know what happened the last time an England manager turned to an inexperienced goalkeeper in a high pressure game (remember Scott Carson anyone?). City’s Adam Johnson is another prospect that again lacks the experience for tournament football. There are others too. Jack Rodwell, Andy Carroll, Michael Mancienne, Kyle Naughton all have potential but need developing at club level first.

What’s in it for the Premier League clubs though? Clubs are now so fearful of relegation or missing out on a qualification spot for the Champions/Europa League that they dare not take the risk associated with youth. Which leaves Fabio Capello picking from the same old tried and tested players that aren’t quite up to the job. Capello is tipped to turn to youth for the Hungary game but is that even possible? We’ve all heard hundreds of times how England managers should pick players based on form, but come August 11th, who will the form players be? I’m tipping the usual suspects.

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