As Roy Hodgson names his squad for the upcoming matches against Norway and Switzerland, he has managed to include some unforeseen names within a very young squad. There has been massive talk of a ‘new era’ in the England ranks over the summer, but the likes of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge are no longer particularly surprising names on the team-sheet.
The emphasis has shifted once again for the Three Lions, as Hodgson gives call ups to four uncapped players in his latest squad. The following are the latest stars to be drafted into the England set up, and an assessment of how wise their selection is:
At present football fans are divided into two groups when it comes to Colback – those who affectionately name him the ‘Ginger Pirlo’ and those who ironically name him so. The midfielder has certainly led an eventful summer by committing the cardinal north-eastern sin in swapping Sunderland for Newcastle, but the move has earned him an immediate England call up.
For Sunderland last season the player was a major influence within the Black Cats successful bid for survival. He can pass the ball fairly well, he weighs in with a few goals, and his positional play is up to scratch. Colback can be a little light-weight, though, and he doesn’t have pace to match some other England midfielders. He could pull strings for the Three Lions, or else warm benches.
The Tottenham man has been drafted in largely because of injuries to Luke Shaw and Kieran Gibbs. At another time, the Spurs full-back would surely struggle to break past the Manchester United youngster, the Arsenal man and also Leighton Baines of Everton. However, an opportunity is an opportunity, and Rose could very well surprise.
Rose has played all 180 minutes of the Spurs Premier League campaign so far, and has so far prevented the opposition from scoring. A talented player who has not received enough opportunities at Tottenham so far, he could be set for a rebirth under Mauricio Pochettino, and that could be a very good thing for England.
Of all four of the uncapped players to gain a call-up into this squad, Chambers is arguably the player that least fans will grumble about. The former Southampton right-back has been brought into the Arsenal fold, and he has performed exceptionally well within Arsene Wenger’s thinning backline.
The main plus point about Chambers is undoubtedly his versatility. The player is probably more used to playing as a full-back, but he has proven flexible enough to more than adequately transform into a centre-back for the Gunners. At 19 years old, he looks to have an unbelievably bright future ahead of him, and the sooner he can get used to the England set-up, the better.
Perhaps the most surprising of all Hodgson’s new recruits, Fabian Delph is still worth his place in the squad. The 24 year old has had to wait a little while since pulling on the white shirt for the England Under-21 side, but given a solid start to this Premier League season, he could be ready for the step up.
Delph has played the full 90 minutes in both of Aston Villa’s opening Premier League games, forming part of a midfield that has performed with a steady impressiveness. The Villains have picked up 4 points from matches against Newcastle and Stoke, which is an encouraging haul considering the off-field problems that the club has been facing. Delph looks likely to be an important player for Paul Lambert next season, and he could become an important squad member for Roy Hodgson as well.
Calum Chambers is definitely an England star of the future, whilst Jack Colback could be. The jury is still out on the Newcastle man, and his performances in the next 2 matches will tell significantly. As for Danny Rose, his call up is well-earned, although one has to place him below others should Hodgson not have had to work around injuries. Finally, Fabian Delph is a surprising one, and it remains unlikely that he can cause too much of an impact on the international stage – but the player will be out to prove people wrong, and could raise more than a few eyebrows.