After the 6-0 victory over San Marino at the weekend, England became the first side to gain qualification from the groups for next summer’s European Championships in France.
However, unless there are a number of changes made to the current Three Lions squad, then we have no chance of making any kind of challenge at the finals.
The squad is the most average it has been in years. There is barely any width, no excitement and minimal creativity. Certainly nothing for any of our rivals to fear. It is a true reflection of the tactics and style of manager Roy Hodgson.
So here are three players Hodgson should be looking at in a bid to improve the squad ahead of the tournament next summer…
Currently the England side is lacking natural wide men. Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are the only suitable players, and it’s clear England need a plan B.
Redmond is that unknown talent that opponents won’t be able to handle.
Since breaking through into the Birmingham City first team at the age of 17, the midfielder has rapidly progressed to become one of England’s hottest prospects.
He is a rapid attacking midfielder with a big bag of skills that can cause a nightmare for any defender, and has fast become a vital member of the first team at Carrow Road.
Hodgson would be daft not to consider the talented youngster next summer.
There is no replacing Wayne Rooney as England’s main striker, but there are a number of question marks about his backups.
Daniel Sturridge should be a certainty as long as he can stay fit, but there are some doubts about the form of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.
Wilson provides something different. He is the pacy striker that is always looking to play off the shoulder of the last defender. England don’t have that option with Rooney because he prefers to come deep.
The Bournemouth front man has a great eye for goal and last season scored 27 goals when helping Bournemouth reach the Premier League.
The striker seems to have adapted to life in the top flight quickly and has already registered a hat-trick in the Cherries’ 4-3 victory at West Ham.
At 22 the striker is still improving as a player, and has his eyes firmly set on earning a place in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts this season.
The young winger has come on leaps and bounds since he managed to end his Manchester United nightmare.
Alan Pardew has worked wonders at Palace and has got his side playing very well. Zaha is one of the vital members of Pardew’s plans and all the minutes he is getting under his belt will only improve the talented midfielder.
Zaha has all the qualities to be a game changer. The raw pace mixed with his impressive skills make him a nightmare for defenders to handle. They can’t deal with his unpredictable nature.
He would give the England squad an alternative to the likes of Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley, and is the perfect player to bring off the bench for impact when opponents start to tire.
Zaha is just the excitement that the Three Lions need right now.