With Euro 2016 just around the corner, Roy Hodgson has been calling up a number of young English players to his squad as he attempts to experiment with his side prior to next summer’s finals.
We have selected five players yet to feature for the first team that we think have got a very good choice of breaking into the senior squad between now and next June.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Having represented his country at youth level 33 times, scoring five, Ward-Prowse has been on the radar of the senior side for a couple of seasons and has just passed the 100-appearance milestone for his club, Southampton.
His work-rate, both on and off the ball, are just part of the reason he has been named the Under-21s captain by Gareth Southgate. England are struggling to find a good combination of midfielders who aren’t injured or struggling for form, meaning we could see the Saints man be given an opportunity over the coming months.
He would certainly bring versatility to the squad as he is proven to be a natural central midfielder who can also play on the right. He also recently featured as a deep-lying playmaker for the Saints and showed promising signs, which may see him play there on a more regular basis.
Roy Hodgson’s side are also lacking a dead ball specialist which is another reason why we could see Ward-Prowse promoted. He’s had comparisons to a certain David Beckham in recent months, and he picked up six assists last season for the South Coast outfit.