After an unsuccessful summer in Brazil, the jury was out for Roy Hodgson and his deflated crop of players. After a poor World Cup, England could ill afford a hangover going into their European Championship Qualifying campaign. With the likes of Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard ending their respective international careers, England began a new era under new leadership. Wayne Rooney was the man prized with the task of captaining an exciting crop of talent to the Euro’s next summer in France. England are arguably the most in form country in Europe right now and have managed to find a great blend of youth and experience within the current squad. Hodgson has made it clear that he is willing to embed youngsters and give them a chance if their form domestically is consistent and eye catching. The rise to prominence of Harry Kane this season indicates that England do possess a host of young talent and that the future is bright. Here are other players that could possibly get a call up to the National team for the first time in the future or earn a deserved recall:
Trippier has been ever present for Burnley this season, Trippier a former Manchester City academy graduate has impressed in his first season in the Premier League. Trippier’s attacking prowess has really caught the eye for the Clarets and his defensive discipline has made him one of the Premier League’s most consistent full backs. Trippier’s performances will be integral if Burnley are to stay in the Premier League. At the age of 24, Trippier seems to be thriving on regular first team football and if Burnley were to get relegated, Trippier would be a man that a host of Premier League clubs will be interested in. After a successful start to Premier League life, Trippier may have to continue to raise his game and remain patient in order to catch the eye of Roy Hodgson.
Leaving Arsenal on loan was a very wise decision by Jenkinson last summer, Jenkinson’s career at Arsenal never really kicked off. After the signings of Callum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy plus the emergence of Hector Bellerin it will be intriguing to see whether Jenkinson has a long term future at the Emirates this forthcoming summer. Jenkinson has flourished at West Ham and has become a key part of Sam Allardyce’s team this season. After getting the taste of regular first team football, Jenkinson will have to make a decisive decision. Will Jenkinson go back to Arsenal and fight for the right back spot or will he seek a move. After an impressive year out on loan, Wenger will be delighted with Jenkinson’s attitude and will do his utmost to convince Jenkinson that his future is at Arsenal. Jenkinson has already had the taste of international football under Hodgson, after a successful year at West Ham, Jenkinson will look to kick on and stake his claim to earn a recall to the National team squad. A strong showing at the forthcoming European under 21 Championships in the summer could well earn Jenkinson a recall.
What a season Aaron Cresswell is having, after leaving Ipswich Town in the summer and making the step up to Premier League level, Cresswell’s reputation has continued to flourish. Cresswell has made adapting to Premier League football look easy and has become a fundamental part of West Ham’s backline. Such consistently high performances have already seen Cresswell linked with a potential big money move this forthcoming summer. Cresswell’s attacking proficiency and old fashioned no nonsense defending have been key attributes for the full backs praise this season. At the age of 25, Cresswell will have to continue to raise his performances levels in order to compete for a left back spot which is already so fiercely contested at national team level.
James Ward-Prowse has become a key figure in Gareth Southgate’s England U21 side, Ward-Prowse demonstrated his leadership and importance to the youth set up by clinching the winning goal in a thrilling 3-2 win against the German U21’s. It must have been a difficult summer for Ward-Prowse, having to look on and see the likes of Rickie Lambert, Callum Chambers and Adam Lallana all leave his beloved Southampton. However Ward-Prowse has matured and moved past seeing his close friends leave his club. Ward-Prowse possesses a wicked set piece delivery and it seems only a matter of time before the young man gets called up to the national team. Ward-Prowse will benefit from playing international tournament football with the U21’s in the summer.
Wifried Zaha must have been delighted to have ended his Manchester United nightmare, Zaha is now back and thriving at Crystal Palace. Zaha proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing for Manchester United but never got a sustained chance to prove his worth to the Old Trafford faithful. Seemingly confidence stricken after his United stint, Zaha is starting to recapture the form that made Manchester United pursue him. On his day Zaha can run defenders ragged and if Alan Pardew continues to unleash the wide man then an England recall may not be too far away. Zaha should be targeting a strong end to the season and trying to impress Gareth Southgate ahead of the European under 21 Championships this summer.
After an impressive loan spell with Championship outfit Derby County, Brendan Rodgers decided to recall Jordon Ibe. He was thrown into Premier League action against Liverpool’s fiercest rivals and was named man of the match in his first Premier League start against arch rivals Everton. Ibe’s stock continued to rise with every passing game played and is now back in training after suffering an injury setback, he will be looking to reclaim a starting berth in Liverpool’s starting eleven ahead of a crucial run in. Jordon Ibe will also be looking to do all he can to catch the eye of Gareth Southgate and put himself into consideration for the upcoming squad selection for the U21 Championships. Ibe’s confidence and ability has already caught the eye of Roy Hodgson and after the Nigerian FA confessed to tracking Ibe’s progress. England and Roy Hodgson need to make sure they do not let a potential gem slip through the net.
Many felt that Ashley Young would be deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford when Louis Van Gaal took over. Young’s confidence seemed shattered and he had become a scapegoat during David Moyes short period in charge. However after a successful pre-season in America and learning Louis Van Gaal’s coaching methods, Young has kicked on and become an influential figure at Manchester United this season. Young adapted admirably to his wing back role earlier in the season keeping summer signing Luke Shaw out of the side. Now back in his familiar left wing role, Van Gaal has instilled self-belief in Young and that has shown in the midfielder’s performances. After re-establishing himself at club level, Young will no doubt be targeting a recall to the national team fold. Earlier in the season, Roy Hodgson recalled Stewart Downing to the national team set up which indicates the England manager is willing to recall players if their performance levels warrant a call up. Nevertheless, Young will be competing with a host of promising young talent to earn a spot in Hodgson’s side and Young will no doubt have to continue to elevate his game in order to end his two year national team exile.
Hodgson has a host of options available to him in the striking department, one man eager to drive himself into Roy Hodgson’s plans is Danny Ings. Ings has been the star man for Burnley this season and his goals have given the Clarets a fighting chance of survival. With Ings contract up at the end of the season it is looking more and more likely that his future lies away from Turfmoor. With the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United being linked with Ings this season, it may take a move to a higher profile club to enhance his national team prospects. Ings will also have the chance to impress Hodgson in the upcoming European under 21 Championships, Ings will be galvanised by Harry Kane’s rise to the very top and will be looking to strike a deadly combination with the in form Spurs man at the U21 Championships.
What a debut season in the Premier League it’s been for Charlie Austin, Austin has been the vocal point and saviour for QPR on many different occasions this season. If QPR are to survive, Austin will have to continue to reproduce his heroic displays in the final weeks of the season. Unfortunately for Austin his rise to distinction has come at a time when England’s strength in depth in the attacking department is arguably the strongest it’s ever been. Austin will no doubt be courted by a number of clubs in the summer no matter the fate of QPR.
After showcasing his talent for West Brom last season, Berahino’s stock has continued to rise after an impressive goal scoring return this year. For a young man, Berahino needs to stay grounded and continue to put the hard work in. There has been constant speculation about Berahino’s future for numerous months now, probability is West Brom will have to cash in on their prized asset. If Berahino gets a big summer move its imperative that the talented youngster moves to a club that can promise regular first team football. With the upcoming European under 21 Championships on the horizon, the experience and pressure of International Football will no doubt be hugely beneficial for Berahino in the long run.
Jay Rodriguez is arguably the forgotten man in English football right now, Hodgson has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal in the striking department. Rodriguez ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament a year ago and was cruelly ruled out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the process. It is highly unlikely that Rodriguez will make his return this season. After suffering such a serious injury and being out for a long period of time, it may take Rodriguez a substantial period of time to recapture the form that saw him called up to the England squad for the first time. An intense summer of pre-season fitness, game time and rehab should hopefully stand Rodriguez in good stead to make a much anticipated return at the start of next season.