England National Team: Shaping the Team of the Future

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England National Team: Shaping the Team of the Future
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Well, that didn't work...

Another tournament, another quarterfinal exit after being routinely outplayed for 120 minutes before fluffing a couple of penalties.

This time around, not many of us England fans were surprised at the dismal performance put forward by one man's definition of our best 11. We, as a majority of the fanbase, expected England to get this far and no further.

There is one reason for this lack of ambitious expectation. The team had hardly changed from the team that didn't qualify for the last Euro, or the one that underperformed at the last World Cup.

Now, we can all blame the manager, the players, the coaching staff and so on. What must change is the pressure put on them to field the infamous Lions of English football. Whilst Terry, Ferdinand, Lampard and Gerrard are top players, they are predictable and often too slow to react at this level of football anymore. 

We, as long-suffering fans, deserve to see a change in time for the next world cup. Our qualification is a given, we just need the team to justify our inclusion in the hilariously scored FIFA World Rankings. As such, I present my future starting eleven, for your consideration.

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