With Roy Hodgson’s England having completed their perfect qualification campaign for next summer’s European Championships, debate can now get underway about what players might be key to the Three Lions having a good tournament in France.
It could well be possible that youth has an important role to play, with high-energy football very much in fashion and Hodgson having shown a more progressive streak un terms of his approach of late.
Here are THREE men with the potential to make a big impact on the finals who are yet to feature at a major tournament.
Butland was drafted into the squad for the last Euros as a late replacement for John Ruddy, but has failed to appeared for England in tournament football.
He was the youngest keeper to ever make his England debut back in 2012 at 19 years old, however, his second cap only came in the last game of the most recent qualification campaign.
Joe Hart obviously stands in the way of anybody with aspirations of pulling on the England number 1 jersey, but Butland’s good form for Stoke might have seen him move to the front of the queue.
Now 22, Butland has made himself first choice at a Premier League side (Stoke) and he will be a lot more experienced come June.
Should Hodgson require cover he is likely to look to the man in form and that, at the moment, is the Potters stopper, who has really caught the eye with man of the match displays this season.
It almost seems strange to be tipping Kane as a future England star given his explosion onto the Premier League scene.
The forward’s goalscoring feats thought are, for now, packaged into one sensational season, which took place after the Three Lions’ miserable World Cup showing in Brazil.
For that reason, Kane is new to the England scene. He has made a decent start to his international career, with three goals in six outings.
His strikes though, have come against inferior opposition to date and it is likely that Hodgson will use the spring friendlies against much tougher opposition to determine if the Spurs man is ready for a starting place.
Kane must also address his league form if his place in the squad is to be guaranteed. So far this term he has found it difficult to replicate the success of last season.
There is no doubt though that the 22 year old has all the attributes to become an England star of the future. If he can add consistency to his locker the ‘the HurriKane’ may become an unstoppable force.
With the Gerrard-Lampard era finally consigned to the past and great hopes such as Jack Wilshire seemingly never fully fit, there is opportunity for some fresh blood to stake a claim for a place in the England midfield.
The name Dele Alli has been regularly tipped for England ever since the Milton Keynes-born man made his debut for his hometown club, aged just 16 back in 2012. Now aged 19, Alli is a Tottenham starlet and has forced his way into the first-team with some assured early season displays.
Hodgson took note and the youngster was given his debut as a substitute in the most recent match.
Competition for a midfield space in France will be fierce, but Alli, who idolised Steven Gerrard as a child, will push himself right into contention if he continues the classy displays he has put in over the last month.
He has an eye for goal too, as he showed by netting 16 times in League One last season.