England are out of the World Cup following defeat against Croatia in the semi-finals last night. But the future looks bright for England. They had the second youngest team in the tournament and are the current under-20 and under-17 World Champions.
So who could help them bring football home at Qatar 2022?
Watford defender Ben Wilmot surely has every chance of making it.
If this current England squad proves anything, it is that players need not come through the ‘big’ club academies to play for England. Graduates from MK Dons, Sheffield United and Barnsley’s youth ranks featured for England v Croatia last night. So why not Stevenage?
Wilmot emerged as a first-team regular at Stevenage last term. His form was so impressive that he became the club’s first ever youth representative for England, playing for their under-18s in March.
This summer, the 18-year-old moved to Hertfordshire rivals, Watford. He will now be pushing for Premier League football in the years to come.
“Watford are getting an outstanding young man and footballer.”
A classy, ball-playing defender he would suit Gareth Southgate’s current England template perfectly.
Playing in the lower leagues at a young age will also give him the added steel that this current England crop appears to have.
Watford have a gem on their hands and they need to be careful with it.
If polished right, than Wilmot has every chance of being on the plane to Qatar in four years time.