Is youth going to be given a chance?

England men’s boss Gareth Southgate named a different international squad to othersthat we have been used to in the past. It begs the question that youth may be given a chance at this summers World Cup in Russia.

In Southgate’s latest squad he has included three new players for their first call-ups in James Tarkowski, Nick Pope and Alfie Mawson. Twelve players out of his 23-man squad are under the age of 26. This move from Southgate is bold but with it instils confidence within the grassroots football system.

For years now England fans have grown used to the same faces in and around the Men’s senior squad. A generation that was capped off with defeat to Iceland in the 2016 European Championships.

Other players have also caught the eye within the nations younger squads such as Fulhams talented winger Ryan Sessegnon and Manchester City starlet Phil Foden. With such a wealth of talent coming out of the nation at this moment in time the future looks bright for the national team. Especially with a manager that gives younger players a chance. 

What does this mean for English Football going forward?

Hopefully, it means that we will see kids getting more chances in the England squad in the future which in turn get’s children excited about football again. It potentially could lead to a trend with professional clubs also with new exciting players getting a fair chance in the first teams. For kids who haven’t found an academy yet or have just been released the news will provide an incentive to carry on playing and working hard in order to force themselves into the game.

It certainly seems that Englands youth is in good hands for the future. Could we be seeing young players making a name for themselves on the international stage?

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