With the likes of Mason Greenwood, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden, there is hope that England may have a new golden generation on their hands.
England’s future looks bright. The national team has had these moments of course.
The “golden generation” of the likes of Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard failed. Before them, Gascoigne, Shearer, and Adams fell short. Now, however, there could be a new golden generation coming through and it’s hard to not get excited.
Since the emergence of the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, a new squad has started to form. Shortly after them came Marcus Rashford, the fleet-footed Mancunian who is now as famous for his deeds off the pitch as on it.
The success of the underage groups was a taster and now some of those players are fighting for a spot in the first team. Jadon Sancho is one of them, able to play off either flank, he’s shone since moving to Borussia Dortmund.
Mason Greenwood has also come to the fore this season. The two-footed Manchester United striker has drawn comparisons to Robbie Fowler for his innate finishing ability and how cleanly he strikes the ball.
It’s not just in attacking positions where the talent is cropping up either. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are part of the most miserly defence in the Premier League.
Alexander-Arnold, in particular, is a phenomenal talent. The young right-back has 13 assists in the Premier League, only bested by Kevin De Bruyne.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s transfer ban has unearthed promising young English talent all over the pitch. Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, and Tammy Abraham have all burst onto the scene as a result. At Arsenal, Bukayo Saka has now scored his first Premier League goal and has performed well on the wing, full-back and in midfield.
Further down the table, Jack Grealish, Ben Godfrey, and Max Aarons are among those who have impressed.
All of this, of course, means nothing if the squad doesn’t come together. Too often in the past stellar names have travelled abroad only to fail on the big stage.
However, Gareth Southgate has helped foster unity in his England squad unlike anything in decades. With the young talent coming through, guided by experienced players like Kane and Jordan Henderson a first international trophy since 1966 may not be impossible