15 Players Who Can Transform England's Fortunes After Euro 2012

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterSeptember 6, 2011

15 Players Who Can Transform England's Fortunes After Euro 2012

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    If I were Fabio Capello (perhaps it's a relief I'm not), I would have a plan up my sleeve. A plan so brilliant it would shock the world: dump the disgraced stars completely and start again.

    Why not? Germany did it. It would be fair to say that before the World Cup 2010, Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira were not world class footballing stars. They were accomplished Bundesliga players, sure, but they were not the household names they are today.

    When Euro 2012 is over, England needs to start from scratch. I'm not talking managerial. No, I'm talking players. Get rid of them. Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Jermain Defoe—out.

    Think about it. Brazil 2014 comes rolling around and we're still using the players who thus far failed to deliver anything close to a prestigious win. At around 34 years of age, it's not going to get any better, so why bother trying?

    I've got 15 players for you—players that I hope will be in and around the England squad by 2014 and transforming the fortunes of my nation. Read on!

3 Fizzing Full-Backs

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    Glen Johnson isn't the greatest player to have donned the England shirt. Questions are often raised about his defending capabilities. Unfortunately for the super Ashley Cole, he'll be around 33 years old for the next World Cup, and for a full-back that is quite old.

    We need options at full-back and you don't have to look very far to find them. Micah Richards has survived the squad culling on the blue side of Manchester so far and still retains his slot at right-back. That's a seriously impressive feat since their owner has pumped in over £1bn to improve the club.

    Kyle Walker took in an impressive loan spell at Aston Villa last season and appears to be firmly placed in Harry Redknapp's thoughts for the coming season, having started their opening game against Manchester United. If his rapid progress continues, we'll have ourselves a regular Cafu in no time.

    Kieran Gibbs, whilst admittedly possessing legs seemingly made of match sticks, is thought of very highly by Arsene Wenger. Of course, Arsenal have been drubbed recently, but Gibbs, providing he stays fit, could turn out to be a cracking left-back. Who are we to argue with Mr. Wenger anyway? 

3 Solid Central Defenders

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    Rio Ferdinand will be firmly out of the picture in 2014 and Terry may well be too. But no fear! England have plenty of options at centre-back.

    Manchester United have been making quite a splash at the start of the Premier League season by racking up the wins using a very young squad. Defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones look, quite simply, fantastic.

    Whilst many complain about the larger clubs buying their way to the title, I, for one, do not mind when Sir Alex Ferguson decides to cement England a nice central defensive pairing for the next 10 years. Thanks, Sir Alex!

    Additionally, although perhaps best deployed in midfield, Jack Rodwell needs to be integrated into the senior squad sooner rather than later. He is a wonderful player and will form a wonderful partnership with Jack Wilshere in years to come.

3 Majestic Midfielders

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    The start of the Premier League season has thrown up some gems for the English team. Not only have we witnessed the huge potential of Smalling & Jones, we've seen some fantastic midfield displays too.

    Josh McEachran, who is training with the Chelsea first team squad on a daily basis, looks incredibly promising. It is only fitting that he might take Frank Lampard's place in the squad, as he is tutored by him on the training ground at club level.

    Everton's first game of the season didn't go as their fans hoped as they lost to newly promoted QPR. However, one glimmering ray of light was to be seen as relative unknown (to most) Ross Barkley ran the show. At just 17 years old, the show of confidence and skill belied his years and he single-handedly ripped QPR apart.

    Finally, a somewhat forgotten prospect at the moment, but expect that to change. Fabian Delph has been absolutely superb since starting Villa's opening game against Fulham. He's well in contention for Player of the Month award and rightly so. He's cool, he's calm and he's talented. Injuries in the past, this guy will have a season to remember.

3 Wishful Wingers

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    The future of England looks very, very bright on the wings. There are a few players in the current squad who will still be great players when 2014 comes, such as Ashley Young, James Milner and Aaron Lennon.

    Adding to the team is Ashley Young's understudy of sorts, Marc Albrighton, a genuinely exciting traditional winger for Aston Villa. Having spent several years under the tutelage of Young and Downing, he came into the Premier League and tormented defenders. He is a tricky one who will earn his caps.

    New Arsenal boy Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain made a very wise move in switching to Arsenal. As I've said before, who better to coach young talent than the likes of Arsene Wenger? He looks brilliant, simply said. He excelled last night for the U21's and I expect that to become a regular sight for the senior squad.

    Finally, the brightest hope in my opinion, Adam Johnson. Many were slightly surprised when Mancini took him to City for £7m but he's proved a quality player with a huge potential. He is slightly locked out of the Man City line-up at the moment but the talent is there for him to succeed.

3 Sensational Strikers

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    Finally, we move to the centre forward spot. Wayne Rooney will still be smashing the goals in, that we can be sure of. So who can compliment Rooney in attack?

    Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck looks very capable of doing so. He has started the season very well indeed alongside Rooney and played a vital part in defeating Tottenham. He has all the physical attributes to succeed and bonding with Rooney will help the national team.

    Andy Carroll is another fancied to get a nice tidy sum of caps and he could be devastating if trained right. We put our faith in Kenny Dalglish to train him right because sometimes there is nothing more effective than a good ol' English battering ram of a centre-forward.

    Last but not least, Dale Jennings anyone? He will certainly disappear off most radars but there's a reason Bayern Munich landed him this summer. Able to play wide or up top, he's pacey and he's skillful. It will be nice of the Germans to train one of our prospects for us, won't it?


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