Let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

Saturday night saw an unbelievable fight back from the England men’s football team as they triumphed over Germany in Berlin.

Germany led 2-0 with goals from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez. Before England responded with goals from Harry Kane, a wonder goal by Jamie Vardy and a late winner from Eric Dier.

A bright future?

For sure England’s youngsters offer great excitement whilst looking very threatening. 

They need to be allowed to express themselves in the team. Hodgson would do well to not hold them back. Alli, Kane and Lallana should some great linkup play amongst several other players. 

We need to remember however that this was only a friendly. In previous times England have been victorious in friendly matches against the top international sides and they have done well in the qualifying rounds. But it has meant nothing on the tournament, and they have faultered when it really matters. Only time will tell how a younger team will get on. 

Include Rooney? 

Since the speculative comeback from Roy’s Young Lions many have claimed that Hodgson should leave out captain Wayne Rooney. 

Alli’s outstanding performance in the number 10 role, Kane and Vardy’s goals have seen the captain shoot down the fans pecking order. 

Incredible really, considering he is the record goalscorer for our country, our captain and the most experienced player in the squad. Where do loyalties lay? 

For me, Rooney should not play as a striker, I feel should should play in the number 10 role behind Vardy and Kane just in front of Dier and Alli in the midfield.

Reducing the need for his goal scoring ability, with more emphasis on his creative ability. Rooneys linkup play is excellent and his eye for a key pass equally brilliant.  

He is a natural leader in the squad and it is clearly visible that everyone in the squad looks up to him. So to leave him out would probably have quite an effect on the team in general. 

Let’s not forget, Rooney was England’s top scorer in qualifying. For me he’s got a few more years left in him. Form is temporary, class is permanent. By the time the tournament comes around, Vardy and Kane might not be able to even hit a barn door. Let’s not right off the Manchester United and England captain just yet.

Who could miss out in the summer?

Hodgson has got his work cut out in terms of picking his 23 man squad to take to France as competition for places hots up.

Many have questioned Wilshere’s inclusion should he be fit in time. I do not think he should be in the squad, having not played all season, what justification does Roy have to include him? We don’t even know if he’s any good anymore? 

Sterling? Oxlade-Chamberlain? You imagine one of which will miss out in the summer, as the likes of Lallana and Welbeck have seemingly overtaken them in the rankings. 

What about Sturridge? Will he even get a look in? For me he will be included in the squad, but I actually doubt if he will even get any game time.

Only time will tell for England as Hodgson looks to figure out the biggest squad conundrum for years before the summer.   

But one thing is for certain, a bright future lays ahead.

Sources: The Guardian, Sky Sports.

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