The Premier League is full of players from a range of nationalities and the crop of English talent is often dismissed due to the dismal performances that the England team produces at major tournaments. In this article, I will be highlighting the players that are yet to become valuable members of the English Starting 11. I believe the listed players will perform well this season and hopefully carry the positive performances through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Jordan Pickford has recently signed for Everton for a fee worth 30m. He currently plays for the U21 team and has quickly become one of the first names on the team sheet. Albeit, he was relegated with a poor Sunderland team, he started the first two games on the bench and also missed 7 games through injury. Aged just 23, Pickford made the second most saves in the PL last season (135) and has also played an important part in the U21 Euro campaign, making important penalty saves and setting up goals. Pickford already has world-class shot stopping and distribution abilities and will look to improve on positioning and handling as time progresses. The fee for Pickford could prove to be a steal in modern Football terms if he lives up to his high potential, Gareth Southgate should be looking to include the reliable keeper over the next few months.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a mediocre career so far, he is yet to become an established proven Premier League player and many fans still have doubts on Ox’s position and abilities. Since signing for Arsenal in 2011, he has made under 130 appearances and is yet to nail down his own position. Last season, he was switching between central midfield and right wing-back and had spells of good performances but many injuries over the years has hindered his progress and has meant that his International appearances have been limited. Since the summer transfer window has begun, multiple clubs have become interested in signing the Ox, mainly Liverpool. Regardless of his club, this is the season that Oxlade-Chamberlain should be looking to develop as a player and become an integral part in the England team.
Marcus Rashford has become a popular figure since breaking into the Manchester United team midway through last season, scoring important goals vs City and Liverpool. Mainly playing as a striker or winger, 19-year-old Rashford is beginning to prove himself in the Premier League and has also scored some important goals throughout United’s successful Europa League campaign. Rashford has worked his way up through the England sides from U16’s, just 5 years later he has made 9 appearances for the senior squad and is becoming highly rated by Gareth Southgate. The direct attacker should welcome any competition from incoming strikers at the club and look to score more goals than last season (5 goals in 32 starts) to solidify his chances of playing alongside the likes of Kane, Defoe and Vardy.
Michael Keane has gained interest from a number of big clubs such as Everton and Manchester United due to this dominant performances playing as a centre back for Burnley throughout the 17/18 season. Aged 24, he is beginning to progress as a defender playing 35 times for Burnley and proving that he can become an international player alongside the likes of Rob Holding, John Stones and Ben Gibson. His ability in the tackle, in the air and with the ball at his feet means that with a bit more experience, Keane could see himself on the team-sheet for the World Cup in 2018. Gareth Southgate should be looking to rely on Keane in many years to come and should be handed valuable experience in Russia.
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