Three Lions: Can England's latest hopefuls impress Roy Hodgson?
Three young prodigies who are all knocking on Roy Hodgson’s door for the chance to represent their country at national level could have what it takes to bring football home. With years and years of upset (49 to be precise) without a major national cup achievement we need something new in our England side, a young talent who can break into the squad and tiumph.
After our national squad bought again nothing but disappointment to every single England fan in the 2014 World Cup, this season’s Premier League campaign could have introduced some special talent for Roy Hodgson to consider for Euro 2016, providing we qualify…
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Danny Ings (Burnley) and Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) are all young, exciting prospects that could in the forthcoming years guide England to glory, all three fell short of Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 qualifiers squads so far with West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino receiving the honour of representing England
Austin, Ings and Kane have all excelled so far this season scoring 35 goals between them in all competitions and with just under half a season to play there is potential for many more goals to be produced by these.
Whether any of these three could surpass the accomplishment made my Bobby Charlton scoring 49 national goals, with the likes of Wayne Rooney still the first choice on Hodgsons’ team sheet and only 29 years old, he is beyond set to steal the record from Charlton.
Rooney should have another Euro’s tournament ahead of him and potentially a World Cup, however could one of Austin, Ings or Kane partner him and attempt to steer England towards glory? Or could two of them partner up front together pushing Rooney behind them with Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling out wide? Either way you look at it, the potential we finally have with our national side is continuing to get greater and could it compared to the likes of the German youngsters or are we forever going to be shadowed by their incredible youth system.
Harry Kane, realistically has the advantage over Igns and Austin, playing for Spurs who are a more formidable side than QPR and Burnley and also in Europe means he gains the experience of not just playing other English sides but also some European greats and has already performed excellently so far in Europe scoring seven goals, including a hat trick against Asteras Tripolis
Kane’s sensational cup performances inspired manager Mauricio Pochettino to use Kane as first team regular and now he is in the form of his life which could essentially be the correct time for him to deservedly receive the national call-up. Kane being the youngest out of the three could also be seen as the likely selection in the dilemma that will be constantly going through Hodgson’s mind, Tottenham fan or not the thought of Kane leading our national side as a lone striker is exciting.
The player who has carried Queens Park Rangers this season with a terrific 13 goals is Austin; the striker has scored some crackers including a world class volley against Southampton. Being slightly older than Ings and Kane, Austin has more game time experience under his belt and has a much greater amount of overall career goals to his name,
Experience should surely play a factor in Hodgson’s team selection if we want to maximise our abilities and that is what Austin has, it would be a new face in the dressing room and his playing style seems as though he could adapt to that of England’s. Scoring 13 times in a season that’s only just half way through is a great stat for a player to have, Austin has less technically-able players around him in comparison to Spurs and Kane, so to score as many as he has, Austin really is hiding a special talent and could produce something special for England.
People have already writ off Danny Ings and his chance of selection due to only scoring six goals, however Ings plays for a newly promoted club just like QPR, however Burnley aren’t a football club who revolve around money and buying a ton of players in a random selection and hope they will gel together and form chemistry. If Burnley are to survive this Premier League campaign a large reason will be the impact Danny Ings has had, at only 22 years old it’s exciting watching and analysing him, a young, quick, skilful player and good finisher, Igns could be excellent in the England squad with the right players supporting him from the flanks and behind.
However, the question remains for all us England fans, can we achieve glory? Roy Hodgson may not even pick any of these players in his selection and may stick to experience, however with how the Premier League campaign has panned out so far, one of these three do deserve a shot at the big opportunity.
Playing in a team full of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City elites will be hard to live up to expectation, however these three players all have proven this season each one has what it takes to earn their chance in the national side. All three will have their reasons and their traits that favours themselves ahead of one another, Kane is the man in form as has been prolific all season, Austin has been firing in the goals for fun against any club and Ings is the surprise package waiting to be opened and unleash his true potential.
Now all we can do it sit back and wait whilst our hair turns grey, our stress lines on our forehead increase and we pray to god that we can qualify and achieve glory at the Euros.