As England’s national football team goes through yet another apparent genesis it has seen players such as Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Jake Livermore called into the squad for recent games and players such as Tom Cleverley given a much more central role in the side.
But while these players get their opportunity there have been increased calls for many a player to be given a chance at international level with the unlikely pair of Norwich’s Jonny Howson and Reading’s Danny Guthrie recently mooted as potential call-ups this season.
But which players could genuinely force their way into the England team this season, from young to old here is a list of 10.
Has excelled recently for England’s Under-21’s and had an excellent campaign at Swansea last term. Calm and collected on the ball and strong in the air he has also represented the Great Britain side at the Olympics and as soon as he cements a first team place at Spurs England caps will follow.
A big move to Manchester City could make or break his international career; although some might argue that simply being at a bigger club could help his cause. He has been a consistent performer since arriving at the Liberty stadium and if he can make an impact at The Etihad he might just get a phone-call.
At 31-years-old some might quit on an international bow but Leon Osman has been a top 10 consistent performer for almost a decade and if he can have a solid start to the campaign he could be a late bloomer into international football.
He is a bit of a marmite player and since the Aaron Ramsey tackle he appeared to lose some edge. He has however been magnificent so far this season and watching him against Chelsea may give a clue to a second England breakthrough after his call-up for the Egypt game in 2010.
Some people might even argue that the Bob Latchford lookalike is a better all-round player then Andy Carroll and should therefore get the nod in terms of England selection. If he can grab some more goals then at 27 he could earn his first call-up.
West Ham fans will tell you that this man should have been a regular international for the past five years. The fact remains that despite 20 under-21 caps and captaining the side he has never been seriously considered for a full cap despite his technical ability and consistency.
Talk about taking the bull by the horns; Jenkinson has certainly done that as he may have taken Bacary Sagna’s place at right-back even after he returns to the fold. Has represented Finland at under-21 level but most sources reveal he would love nothing more than to play for England.
The diminutive winger has a bag of tricks and a real turn of pace, not to mention a pretty high assist rate. Another who has never seriously been considered for international recognition but the ex-Southampton player is still only 24-years-old.
Had a great start to this season and has grown and grown as a player since his Aston Villa days. Along with team-mate Jack Colback he is possibly one of the most under-rated English midfielders in the league.
It is starting to click for the Charlton graduate; recent starring performances for England Under-21’s and Liverpool, particulary his brace against Young Boys and a pressing interest from Scotland for his international services could see the midfielder fast-tracked into the England team. The timely injury of Lucas Leiva may now offer him the chance to shine in Liverpool’s midfield.
Other contenders could include Howson, Guthrie, Cork, Ward-Prowse, Britton or Naughton…
But who would you like to see given a shot with the Three Lions?
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