Don’t be alarmed, the next international fixture is not until March, you haven’t got to worry about getting the Monopoly board out due to having nothing to do over an international break; put the game away.
On a positive note, when looking at it, the Three Lions actually have some pretty encouraging players – yeah, we’re still holding our breath waiting to see it – but the English lads still have a reason to be upbeat.
Yet, there are some players who are being held back by their clubs for one reason or another; or it’s the Premier League which is stunting their development. A move abroad could therefore be a real solution to maturing some of the Three Lions. It seems that international football is more in-keeping with European football style, so discovering more about the leagues, players and tactics could be hugely beneficial for England moving forward.
Although, this seems plausible at face value; we’re sure if this lot went away, the Three Lions would still get knocked out by some budgeteers who just contain ‘nice’ people within their nation…
GK) Jack Butland
We really hope this isn't the image we remember Butland by. Won't get a sniff between the sticks if he stays at Stoke; needs to push himself further.
RB) Michail Antonio
Could play pretty much anywhere on the right, and is the best header of the ball in the Premier League.
Will continue to be the nearly man if he stays a Hammer.
CB) John Stones
No he won't learn under Pep Grumpiola. He's not even played that much, often being second fiddle to Aleksandar Kolarov. Move abroad, develop the side of the game you're good at and see how this improves you at international level.
CB) Chris Smalling
Had a promising season last year, but currently struggling with injury. Slightly down the pecking order with Eric Bailly being United's best centre-half, and with Phil-donkey-Jones and Marcos-out-of-control-Rojo actually looking quite good, the Englishman seems set to lack game time.
LB) Aaron Cresswell
England's best left-back, yet will continue to be overlooked because of the club he plays for. Catch the same flight with Antonio from Stansted.
DM) Jack Wilshere
Don't care how much you commend the lad for going to Bournemouth, he'll never hold down an England spot playing on the South Coast. Wilshere could learn so much playing for a side like Roma. Stop bottling it, and go learn more about the game, pal.
DM) Eric Dier
England's golden boy during a golden summer; yet struggling to retain that form this season. Still young, could do a lot of maturing and learning outside the Premier League, at a really top, top European club as well. Germany are apparently calling ?.
RW) Marcus Rashford
England's most promising youngster. But will struggle to hold down a starting position for a few years at United; test yourself elsewhere, Marcus. Imagine Rashford lighting up La Liga at a Sevilla. Would do wonders for the kid.
AM) Ross Barkley
We can't say 'he'll come good forever'. At 23, Ross is running out of time. Still trying to find his feet continually at Goodison, and not really getting the nod at international level. Do something different, mate.
LW) Dele Alli
No denying the kid's ability, but feel Alli will miss that winning/clinical edge at Spurs. The side are professional bottlers. If Alli goes to a huge Italian side, and gets used to winning some trophies, can't help but feel this would be hugely beneficial for the Three Lions.
Injuries, couple of goals, injures, more injuries. Poor old Danny would probably get injured just playing FIFA.
Fresh change away from the Premier League would do wonders for the guy's career. Worthy of a regular England slot as well.
All well and good talking about it, but doubt any of these lads will do a Joe Hart 2.0, none of them have the bottle; but could also be like a domino affect – ‘if you go, I’ll go’. Who you backing to lead that charge? Our bets on, Dier.