England’s exciting World Cup run this summer has got fans excited for the future of the national team. For some, it is now clear that football might be coming home in 2022.
Looking at the talent coming through the youth ranks it is easy to see why.
But, whilst plenty of talented players from Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton will likely be England internationals at that point, could a Bristol City player be in with a shout as well.
It is hard to see many other left-backs making a better case for in four years time than Bristol City star Joe Bryan.
He had his best season yet for the club last term. An attack-minded left-sided defender he will be 28 in 2022 and in the prime of his career.
As far as England are concerned, it is slim pickings otherwise. Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand and Ashley Young are unlikely to still be in contention four years from now.
Luke Shaw, the once-promising hope, needs to get his career back on track. Everton’s Lewis Gibson will likely develop into a central defender and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon seems destined to play further forward.
The problem for Bristol City is that Bryan will no doubt have to leave to make this happen. Unless he can help them to promotion next term then he will no doubt begin to look at the Premier League with an international career in mind.
The last Robins player to represent England was John Atyeo in 1957. Bryan certainly has the potential and opening to do the same. But he will need to help City to Premier League football to do so.