With England performing so dismally at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many people have said that it’s time to get rid of the old and put in the new. Now could well be the time to give the youngsters a chance, but which English starlets have a chance to force out the out guard by the time the 2014 World Cup in Brazil comes around. Here’s a look at ten who are in with more than a chance:

Jack Rodwell – The Everton midfielder has represented England in all age groups and it shouldn’t be too long before he gets a full cap. The 19-year-old has already shown that he has composure ahead of his years and is close to making 50 league appearances for Everton already. At 6ft 2in, Rodwell has plenty of height, something that is always handy at set-pieces, and is an athlete you can get around the pitch and perform the box-to-box role. While it has often been said that Steven Gerrard wasn’t always used to his full potential for the Three Lions, surely a player from the blue half of Merseyside will be at the heart of England’s team for many years to come.

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Jack Wilshere – Another Jack, Wilshere is destined for big things and the Arsenal youngster has be touted as being the most talented English footballer since Paul Gascoigne. The diminutive attacking midfielder has the creativity that any team would crave and can unlock a defence with ease. Currently being eased into first team action at The Emirates by Wenger, it will be interesting to see whether the 18-year-old will be loaned out again this season or whether he’ll compete for a place at under the Frenchman. Either way, by the time the 2014 World Cup comes around, it will be a major surprise if Wilshere isn’t a certain England starter.

Adam Johnson – Perhaps no longer a starlet as such, Johnson will feel aggrieved that he didn’t make the 2010 squad, and will thus need no extra motivation to make sure that his form warrants an automatic place when 2014 comes round. The 23-year-old doesn’t need a second invitation to take full backs on, and he’s already shown in his short time at Manchester City that he has the confidence to ply his trade against the best in the country. I’m sure it will be no different when it comes to playing the best in the world, and with bags of skill and trickery in his locker, Johnson will be a regular fixture on one of England’s wings.

Chris Smalling – Sir Alex Ferguson’s purchase of the young defender came somewhat out of the blue last season. Smalling has achieved an incredible rise up the football ladder, having gone from non-league footballer to Premier League player in less than two years. Fergie has obviously seen something in the 20-year-old that he like and persuaded him to go for the player, but whether he will get many first time outings this season it remains to be seen. If Smalling were to go on to play for England at the World Cup it would be one of the most unconventional journeys in recent years, but at 6ft 4in he could become the tower at the heart of England’s defence.

Joe Hart – Having got the experience of going to a World Cup under his belt, there’s no reason why Hart shouldn’t go from strength to strength. After a stellar season at Birmingham City, the ‘keeper heads back to Manchester City where he’ll have the unenviable task of getting the gloves off Shay Given. The 23-year-old looks to have all the abilities required at the top level and now just needs to prove it on the European and in turn the international stage. As long as he passes those tests as and when he comes to them, there’s no reason why Joe Hart shouldn’t be the England number one for many years to come.

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  • Matt
    4 years ago

    I would add Tom Cleverley from United to that list. Amazing propsect.

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  • Jack Hotspur
    4 years ago

    Rodwell, Wilshere, Hart, Richards and Johnson will do in the future. Ashley Young, Milner, Dawson, Lennon and Huddlestone should be in the mix in the much closer future.

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  • Andy
    4 years ago

    There is certainly the talent out there to take over from the old guard – just remains to be seen whether they will go on to fulfill said promise! [frantically touching wood] A few names from tottenhams squad and academy also spring to mind, and will surely be in and around the england squads of the future: Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker – both flying wing/full backs; Jake Livermore – CM/CDM; Jon Bostock – CM/CAM: Andros Townsend – Winger.

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  • Robby Bobson
    4 years ago

    …”it remains to be seen whether Carroll can score goals at the highest level, having only hit the back of the net in the Championship for the Toon thus far”

    So the three premiership goals he got in the limited games in Newcastles relegation season dont count then?

    I think the players listed will turn out to be great players but there seems to be a huge gulf of talent between 23-28, which is a shame because it means those who havent performed for the past 8 years probably get another go at the euros.

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  • Nick
    4 years ago

    @ Robby Bobson; “there seems to be a huge gulf of talent between 23-28″. apart from Rooney, Milner, A. Young, Agbonlahor, Jagielka, Shawcross, G. Cahill, Huddlestone, O’hara, Downing, Lennon, Defoe, D. Bent, C. Cole, Baines, G. Johnson, Foster, Lescott and probably quite a few others that I’ve not thought of. Yeah, apart from them, there is something of a gulf, good point.

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  • Rorton
    4 years ago

    Nick, half those players you mention are not good enough to be top international footballers and never will be. But, yeah, sure, good point well made. Endless supplies of talent in that list!

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  • Lee
    4 years ago

    Does Danny Welbeck not count? I’m a gooner but I think he’s the best prospect in this country, dare I say it, at the best club (yh, I am really a gooner!)

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  • CamdenSpur
    4 years ago

    Danny Rose will end up being a decent Championship player – he’ll never play for England though. Andros Townsend is a much brighter prospect from Spurs.

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  • Robby Bobson
    4 years ago

    Well done you named a list of players who wouldnt cut it at international level. There are those who are there at the moment like Lennon Milner and Rooney but can you really see the rest replacing the “golden generation” for the qualifiers and euros.

    I doubt it.

    Rodwell, Wilshere, Johnson, Hart look almost certain be be better than the players you just mentioned and Gerrard, Lamparrd, Ashley Cole are better than the players you mentioned, so yes i think there is a gulf.

    Unless the players in this list and promising youngsters below 23 all flop, then we just have national team of very average players.

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  • Daz
    4 years ago

    Hart, Dawson and Huddlestone need to be at the centre of all other additions to the squad during the qualifiers for the Euros… they represent the future.
    Despite what the people in the media say, we do have the talent – it’s just that half the time the wrong players miss out on the big squads. It shouldn’t keep happening with successive managers.

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