The time has come for another awful international break where a very average looking England side beats a European minnow in one of the least entertaining fixtures you are ever likely to watch.
Roy Hodgson has named his squad for the two upcoming games and, as per usual, his squad reflects the style of football England have become accustomed to – dull and average.
After years of dismal displays in major tournaments, it is about time the England manager took some risks and added a bit of excitement to the squad in the hope of changing the fortunes.
He needs to pick players that will look to press on the front foot and trouble opponents, rather than boring them into submission like many of the current crop.
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One man who is certainly capable of this and should be taken to the European Championships next summer is Norwich midfielder Nathan Redmond.
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. The player has fast become a vital member of the first team at Carrow Road.
More importantly the player has started to develop a decent end product, thanks largely to the guidance of current manager Alex Neil, who manages to get the best out of the player.
Since Neil took charge of Norwich in January, the youngster has been in great form and has managed to score seven goals and provide a further eight assists. Two of those strikes have come in the very early stages of this season’s Premier league campaign.
Redmond is always looking to press forward in attack, which is highlighted by the fact only Huddersfield’s Jacob Butterfield created more chances last season (120) than the 117 the England U21 international did.
His impressive campaign was capped off by more high quality performances in the U21 European Championships, where despite England’s poor showing, he made the team of the tournament.
Current Raheem Sterling is the stand out attacking midfielder for England, largely because he is the only one of the current crop who actually starts on a regular basis.
England cannot be expected to compete with the best countries when some of the most important members of the squad can’t even get a game for their club sides.
Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are in and out of the Arsenal team every week, how can they be expected to get into good form without a run of games?
The same can be said for many of other wingers that come into consideration. Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Ashley Young, for example.
This has to strengthen the case for Redmond. He is involved in positive moves at Carrow Road playing every single week. At only 21, he has a massive future ahead of him and will continue to improve every week with the more top flight minutes he gets behind him.
He deserves his chance with the main England squad next summer and could become a real asset.
One thing is for certain, if Roy Hodgson sticks with the type of squads he has picked in recent internationals, then England may as well save themselves a trip to France.