With John Terry gone, who are England’s ‘Young Lions’ to Watch?

A wind of change appears to be blowing through the England national team.  John Terry has decided to end his England career and there appears to be little future for Rio Ferdinand in Roy Hodgson’s set up.  With age most likely preventing stalwart midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard from playing at the 2014 World Cup, who is likely to step up to the plate?

Well, the truth is that England has plenty of up and coming stars at the back.  Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has made himself a genuine option at right-back, while Terry’s Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill would appear to be ready made to fill his boots at the heart of defence.  Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs has given every indication that he will be the natural successor to Ashley Cole at left-back.  And then there are the likes of Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, aged 22 and 20 respectively, who have both enjoyed international football already.

In midfield, fewer prospects spring to mind, but there is certainly some quality that will excite England coach Hodgson.  Manchester City’s Jack Rodwell has the potential to anchor the midfield for years to come.  Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already made a big impression at Euro 2012 as an attacking option.  Similarly, Liverpool’s 17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling could make an explosive impact on the international game.

Up front though, England appears to be suffering from a dearth of talent.  With the exception of Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck, who even aged 21 is maturing into an excellent striker; there are few young English hitmen who threaten to give England a cutting edge.  Hodgson will hope that someone stakes a claim before Brazil 2014.

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