England boss Roy Hodgson has drafted youngsters Jake Livermore, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling into the Three Lions squad for tonight’s World Cup 2014 qualifier against Ukraine.
England are without a number of first team players for the game and Hodgson has brought the youngsters into the squad for experience.
Hodgson has already stated that the trio are unlikely to be used in the game. However, they are in the squad to gain the experience of being around the full England setup. Both Lallana and Sterling have yet to make their debuts for the Three Lions, but are promising players.
A lot of England fans have been calling for a changing off the old guard in the England squad. Now that the former-West Brom boss has called some fresh faces into the squad he is getting criticised for the decision.
The veteran boss really can’t win at the moment. I believe that he is trying to do the right thing and as he stated the pool of quality players available to him is relatively small at the moment.
Hodgson currently has lots of players out injured and is trying his best to find the right blend for his squad. He is doing the best job he can do.
Hodgson is an old fashioned sort of England coach and I think that can only be good for the team. England has had lots of high profile foreign head coaches in recent years such as Sven Goran-Eriksson and Fabio Capello, who have underperformed in the job.
Hodgson is moving the English national team in the right direction and attempting to do things in the right manner. I wasn’t completely sure that Roy Hodgson was the right man for the job when was appointed, but so far the signs are good in my opinion.
Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling has only just broken into the first team at Anfield, but the 17 year-old is one of the most highly-rated young English players. Sterling is also eligible to represent Jamaica at international level.
If Sterling appears at all for England at senior level that will mean that the youngster will be committed to the Three Lions for the rest of his international career. With all the promise he holds then it’s vital to get him committed to the England cause.
With the World Cup less than two years away and a number of the current England squad starting to reach the end of their international careers, fresh faces must be brought into the squad.
However, a squad can’t be dismantled in the flash of eye. Hodgson cannot just leave out all the older players, just for the sake of a change. The likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have proved in recent games that they still have something to offer the England team.
I think the England boss should be praised for giving the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Cleverley starts in Moldova. He knew the game wouldn’t be that difficult and that the youngsters would gain some international experience from it.
Chamberlain and Cleverley will both start the game against Ukraine at Wembley tonight, after impressing against the poor opposition of Moldova.
I would like to see Sterling and Lallana both get their chances as well. I’m not so sure about Livermore, as Roy said though they are with the squad for experience.
I have been a bit downcast on the England setup in recent times, but I have to say with every game I’m gaining more faith in Roy Hodgson’s ability to lead the country. Keep up the good work Roy.
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