This Wednesday, England will play their final friendly match before manager Roy Hodgson names his England squad for the World Cup and the first match against Italy in June. This game against Denmark will be crucial for Hodgson to have one last look at some players and be able to choose the best team possible for the World Cup and give us the best chance to get as far as possible in the competition.
Many players are those that are expected in the England squad at this time but there are some that are getting their first opportunity at International recognition. The one name that has been hitting the headlines for making his remarkable rise into the England squad after consistently proving is worth is 18-year-old Southampton full back Luke Shaw. At such a young age he has become a staple for the Southampton defence and has the innate ability to use his speed from the back to create a strong attack and create goal attempts with his incredible crossing ability. Many experts have been known to praise him to the fullest and many have recognised how impressive he is at such a young age. Southampton manager, Mauricio Pochettino, believes that he will be able to handle the spotlight and fit into the England setup with ease.
Another youngster who has been hitting the headlines for making it back into the England team is Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling. Playing alongside the goal scoring machines of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez has really helped the 19 year old to mature and improve his game with dramatic effect with he himself becoming a regular in the starting 11 and a regular on the score sheet. Like Shaw, Sterling is able to pull off some incredible passes and crosses to assist the best strike force in Europe and this is definitely something that Hodgson was attracted to and why he is not back in the England Squad.
With all the English talent around at the moment in the Premier League, this are looking very good for us with players like Shaw and Sterling constantly hitting the headlines for the right reasons for once and is something that Hodgson, his coaching staff and the players will notice that we are finally playing like a formidable side and players finally looking like they can transfer the impressive skill and ability for their club side into the National side.
Being in this World Cup’s “Group of Death” means that we have less of a chance than usual to get out of the group stages but just like Euro 2012 the lack of optimism and expectation for the nation side good pay dividends. With the lack of pressure and expectation, this team could go further than we think.