Calum Chambers & 10 Players Who Could Make England Debut in Euro 2016 Qualifiers
The England team is entering a new era.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was one of several youngsters handed a debut during the friendly with Norway. In this piece, we look at Chambers and nine other players who could make their competitive bow during the forthcoming qualification campaign.
Calum Chambers made his England bow as a late substitute against Norway. A competitive debut can't be too far behind.
Since moving to Arsenal, his progress has rapidly accelerated. The most exciting thing about Chambers is that he offers Roy Hodgson cover in three positions: right-back, centre-half and holding midfield.
Nathaniel Clyne must be wondering what he has to do to earn an England cap. Against Norway, Roy Hodgson turned to two young right-backs in John Stones and Calum Chambers. Clyne has more experience than both, and he kept Chambers out of the Southampton side for long spells last season.
It's surely only a matter of time until Clyne makes his senior England debut.
Before handing Jack Grealish a debut, England must first win an international tug-of-war with the Republic of Ireland. The Villa midfielder is eligible for both nations, and he has yet to declare which one he will represent at senior level.
If he chooses England, the Three Lions will benefit from the presence of a quick and skillful winger with an eye for goal.
Fabian Delph made a late cameo against Norway, and he will hope to follow that up by making his competitive debut against Switzerland.
The Villa midfielder has waited some time for international recognition, so he will not let go of the opportunity lightly. His high-energy, box-to-box style makes him a solid back-up for Liverpool's Jordan Henderson.
Jack Colback was denied his England debut against Norway by injury. The Newcastle midfielder was something of a surprise call-up to the squad, but he will hope to take advantage of the midfield vacuum created by the retirements of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
An intelligent passer with a good engine, Colback could emerge as a handy squad player for England.
Like Calum Chambers, John Stones was handed his England debut during the friendly against Norway. Although more comfortable at centre-half, he was asked to play at right-back in the absence of Kyle Walker.
Stones' versatility is one of his major strengths. However, he is also adept on the ball and blessed with good positional instincts. He could well become a fixture in the England squad over the course of the qualification campaign.
Dan Crowley is yet to make his debut for the Arsenal first team. However, once he does, it surely won't be long before he's knocking on the door of the England dressing room.
Crowley is a gifted playmaker with enormous potential. A couple of performances at senior level for Arsenal will surely have fans and pundits alike clamouring for his inclusion at international level.
Southampton's academy has been a healthy production line for the England squad in recent years. The next academy product to join up with the senior setup will surely be James Ward-Prowse.
Ward-Prowse is a technically gifted midfielder with fantastic set-piece delivery. He is comfortable playing out wide or in the centre, which could make him a valuable asset to Roy Hodgson.
James Wilson is the next big thing to come out of Manchester United.
Wilson already has two Premier League goals to his name, having notched a brace on his Premier League debut against Hull City in May 2014.
With Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez having left Old Trafford, Wilson may be granted more opportunities in 2013/14.
If he impresses, he'll certainly be on Roy Hodgson's radar.
At international level, reliable goalscorers are an invaluable commodity.
Tottenham defender Eric Dier got most of his football education in Portugal, which probably explains why he always looks so composed on the ball.
Dier moved to Portugal aged 10 and came up through the ranks at Sporting Lisbon's academy. He has represented England at every level from U18 to U21.
It surely won't be long until Roy Hodgson calls upon him for the senior squad too.
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