A new year under a new permanent manager signals a fresh start for England. And after the disaster of 2016, boy do they need it!
Since taking charge, football’s ultimate yes man has left the door open to new faces. With a spot at the 2018 World Cup virtually secured, he can use 2017 as a chance to stamp his authority.
Here are seven fresh faces that we may see in an England shirt during the next 12 months.
No less than five Spurs players started in the embarrassing defeat to Iceland last summer; what harm could another do?
With the amount of shots he faces for club side Sunderland, it’s no wonder the young goalkeeper is developing at such a fast rate. After featuring in the squad last year, a senior appearance beckons in 2017.
Sometimes you watch the West Ham man and think “how?”. But you can’t argue with 16 Premier League goals in 18 months primarily from the right wing.
Step aside Marcus Rashford, your time has been. This year is all about the explosion of Everton’s new signing. If he hits the ground running, he’ll be in Southgate’s squad in no time.
Like James Milner before him, Redmond is highly experienced for a 22-year-old, both at club and England U21 level. Expect the Saints man to kickstart a decade of senior football in 2017 before inevitably becoming an emergency left-back in 2026.
The Burnley defender is still being linked with a return to Manchester United. If recent history tells us anything, that will be an instant pass into the next England squad announcement.
An unfashionable, yet dependable, centre-half playing at an average Premier League club; sound familiar Mr Southgate? Just don’t let him take a penalty.
FIFA confirmed the future death of international football earlier this week. But we still have a decade of enjoyment before the World Cup starts including minnows like Fiji, Bahrain, and Scotland. Hopefully, some of those new players will make the England team a little more exciting.
Let’s face it, though, a second round knockout is inevitable.