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3 reasons to be hopeful as an England fan

September 07, 2015

- Grant Whittington

Currently, everything seems rosy in the garden of the England football team. The primary reason for this is that we are embarking in a qualifying campaign at present, which the Three Lions traditionally navigate with genuine aplomb.

Currently, everything seems rosy in the garden of the England football team. The primary reason for this is that we are embarking in a qualifying campaign at present, which the Three Lions traditionally navigate with genuine aplomb. This usually triggers a wave of excitement and expectation, which dissipates as the nation fails to deliver in a tournament setting. This may be a source of some sadness for England fans as a whole, but there is reason to believe that the current level of form and sentiment can be maintained for a prolonged period of time.

3 reasons to be hopeful as an England fan

With this in mind, here are three reasons to remain positive and hopeful as an England fan: –

England have Genuine Talent within their Ranks

While the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ of the early noughties failed to deliver success, the talent available to England at this time was difficult to question. The nation is in a similar situation now, with immensely talented players such as Harry Kane, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and even contract rebel Raheem Sterling competing for a squad berth. Led by the talismanic and still-influential captain Wayne Rooney, the current crop of youngsters have diverse and unlimited potential that should serve the Three Lions well during major tournaments.

Jack Wilshere has Returned Refreshed from Injury

Jack Wilshere is undoubtedly a talented footballer, although his relatively fledgling career has been blighted by significant injuries. Having recently returned from his latest prolonged absence, however, he seems to have added a level of physical robustness to his game, while also maintaining the pace and power that has characterised his sporadic performances to date. If he can continue this and remain free from injury for a sustained period of time, then England will have access to a potentially world class player who can bring both guile and steel to the midfield.

Phil Jones is set to Emerge as a Genuine Leader

When Phil Jones first broke into Blackburn’s first team, he was widely considered a potential England captain of the future. Despite an £18 million move to Manchester United, Jones’ progress has been hampered by injuries and his deployment in a number of alternative defensive and midfield roles. New Manchester United Louis Van Gaal has afforded Jones a consistent run of games at the heart of the defensive unit, however, which has resulted in a positive run of form and helped the youngster to hone his craft. This is good news for England fans who need a definitive leader at the heart of the defence.

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