With England’s two upcoming friendlies against two very good teams I believe it’s a case of, ‘He who dares, Wins!’
A lot of people have stated that this will only be a transitional period for the England team and should set their sights on the Euros in 2020 and beyond. However, with the lack of the usual pressure, especially from the media, it may just help England. Being English, and a massive football fan I will still be hoping England can produce some sort of miracle, as I’m sure the rest of the nation will be.
With this in mind I believe these two friendlies and the two next year are perfect opportunities to give young and hungry players the chance to impress. So many years before we have stuck with the same stars that make the England grade due to their celebrity name or past success and failed to pick up on current form and a players desire and determination. The usual case with England is that some of these in-form players get a call-up but then receive less than the last 20 minutes of the game to try and book their place on the plane. In usual situations it is near enough impossible to make any sort of impact and the player is then deemed surplus to England’s requirements. I believe this could have been the case for Ricky Lambert if he didn’t come on and score almost instantly.
The fact is, we have kept the same household names within the team year after year, regardless of form or even injury, remember Michael Owen. Being a Newcastle fan I for one know he never touched a ball for the last 5 months of the season, yet was brought into the England squad and damaged his cruciate ligament in the first minute against Sweden. Another unusual decision springs to mind in the shape of Theo Walcott. Picked for the England squad without a Premier League appearance to his name, ahead of in-form strikers Darren Bent, Andy Johnson and Dean Ashton, yet never played a single minute of the World Cup.
So with all these past decisions and England supposedly in a transitional period, it seems the perfect opportunity for Roy Hodgson to experiment with different players. I’d love to see players like Adam Lallana, Andros Townsend and Fraser Forster in the England set-up next year. The pressure will more or less be off the team and I’d much rather see England go down fighting. You never know, ”He who dares, just might win!”