Now we all know that England dont have the quality that other nations like Spain and Germany have to choose from but are we just giving players caps for the sake of it?
We have seen the recent call ups of Tottenham duo Deli Alli and Eric Dier but have they only been picked because off the injuries we currently have in that central midfield area or is it genuinely that they have deserved an England call up?
And then we have Jesse Lingard. The young Manchester United winger has been in brilliant form in recent weeks livening up a rather dull looking Manchester United team but is he worth a place in this England side?
A year ago nobody would have thought that a young midfielder playing for MK Dons would be a regular in an impressive Spurs side let alone a full England international.
Alli’s rapid rise to stardom has left some questions doubting if the young man has peaked to early. Will he be another young star that promises so much and delivers very little?
The 19 year old midfielder has represented England from under 17 level all the way up to the under 21 side where he only played two games before the senior side came calling. Roy Hodgson selected Alli after playing only six games in the Premier League for his Spurs side – a selection that left many surprised.
Alli’s England debut came in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia where he came on as a late substitute for Ross Barkley in a 2-0 England win. Games against Lithuania and a cameo appearance against Spain in last weeks friendly have no seen Alli earn 3 England caps.
But what I want to know is does he deserve it?
- 10 Premier League appearances for Spurs
- 2 Goals in 10 Premier League Games
- 759 minutes of Premier League football
- 0 Premier League assists
Now these stats are not brilliant by anyone’s standards so does he deserve a place in this England team?
In my opinion at this moment in time he doesn’t. There is no doubt that overtime Alli would have been in this England side but I feel that he almost got it handed to him on a plate.
10 Premier League appearances isn’t enough in my opinion to judge a player on such a high level that they can be picked for their National side.
Its not like in them 10 games he’s put in game changing performances. He’s only scored 2 goals and hasn’t got a single assist to his name. This isn’t International quality in my view.
I feel Alli’s place in the England team is simply due to the fact that he has made such a big step up so quickly he was always going to be picked no matter that his performances were like.
I think that Alli has a very bright future in the game and I am a huge fan of his but I think it was to early to give him an England call up at this moment in time. There is a possibility he might be at the Euro’s but he will need to improve his domestic performances with his club before France awaits.
Now Eric Dier is a player that has slipped slightly under the radar of most people including myself.
He signed for Spurs in August 2014 for £4 million from Sporting Lisbon.
Dier has represented England at every level from under 18 and his recent call up to the full England squad was somewhat of a shock to be personally.
He is a versatile player that can play anywhere along the back four and also in a holding midfield position. This is something that Spurs have exploited well this season to get the best out of the 21 year old.
Eric Dier’s England debut came last week when he came on as a sub in the friendly against Spain. He is yet to start an international but it is expected he may well do so against France tonight.
- 11 Premier League appearances
- 3 clean sheets
- 976 minutes of Premier League action
- 2 Premier League Goals
I will give it to Dier that he has been playing regularly in an impressive Spurs side which has to count for something, but is he the type of player than England want to put in their midfield.
Dier is a player known for breaking up the play and making tough tackles but he isn’t exactly known for his long range passing or set piece ability that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were.
When I heard that Eric Dier was in the England squad I was very surprised as I didn’t really understand what he had done to deserve his place.
I know that Dier shouldn’t be judged on the amount of goals he scores or the amount of chances he creates but I haven’t seen him produce a world class performance yet for Spurs. Yes his performances are consistent but not England worthy.
I feel his best position is in defence but with Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill looking a much better option I feel he may have to wait a while for a run in the side.
I dont think Dier has done enough to warrant an England call up just yet but maybe through time he will carry on producing consistent performances for his club side to really give him confidence on the International stage.
This Manchester United youngster has been tipped for big things for a while now but his chance has never really been materialized at Old Trafford.
That’s until this season. Jesse has recently been given a good run in a lackluster United team and his youth and exuberance have really livened the home fans up.
Lingard had a number of successful loan spells at both Brighton and Derby.
The left midfielder is the oldest of the three players at the age of 22 now but he still looks as enthusiastic as when he was first on the scene.
Lingard is an old fashioned type of winger who isn’t afraid to take on defenders and uses his pace to really drive into dangerous areas. Its this courage that has seen him become a regular part of Louis Van Gaal’s plans in recent weeks after a poor start to Premier League football from Memphis Depay.
- 4 Premier League appearances
- 1 Premier League goal
- 168 minutes of Premier League football
- 2 Champions league appearances
Now as a Manchester United fan it would be easy to be bias here but Lingard’s performances this year to me dont warrant a place in the England side.
Lingard has played less football than both Dier and Alli and I just dont think that based on 2-3 good performances he should be in the England team.
Yes Lingard will give England that extra something that they have been missing in the wide areas without the likes of Theo Walcott but I think it may be to soon.
Someone like Wilfried Zaha has never been capped for England and he is the same type of player as Jesse Lingard.
Zaha has played 12 times for Palace this season scoring one goal and assisting two so maybe he might feel aggrieved that he hasn’t been selected yet.
I personally think that because Lingard is a young player and has come into a poor looking Manchester United side and has flourished in a few games he is being made to look better than he possibly is.
But if he can carry on this form then he definitely has the ability to be a regular in an England side that is currently lacking pace and creativity.
All of these three young talents definitely have a future in the national side of that there is no doubt but whether or not they are quite ready for that shot now im not so sure.
Hopefully they will all prove me wrong in tonight’s friendly against France at Wembley which you can see live from 7:30pm on ITV.