England assistant manager Gary Neville believes that the failure of Brazil this summer will be forgotten should the Three Lions improve from it, as reported by Sky Sports.
Despite admitting England were way below their level of expectation at the World Cup, Neville knows that plenty of the young stars will be better players in two years time for the Euros in France.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Phil Jones are all expected to be key figures in the England set up from now on with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard likely to take a back seat.
Neville is excited by the young crop of stars but knows it doesn’t detract from a miserable display in Brazil.
“The good thing about it was there are a lot of young players who were part of that squad and we’ve got to make sure that those players develop in the next two years and we are more competitive in the tournament in two years’ time; there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
“We’ve got to make sure that we perform in tournaments. We accept that we’ve fallen below what everyone expects this time, including ourselves, and next time we’ve got to do better.
“That’s to say that I think the plusses are those players in two years’ time will be further forward – there are a lot of younger ones there – [Jordan] Henderson, Wilshere, Sturridge, [Danny] Welbeck, [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling, [Luke] Shaw – a lot of young lads who basically will be around for another three to five tournaments after experiencing their first one.
“From that point of view you’ve got to think that hopefully the benefit of that will come in two years’ time.”