Going into the World Cup in Russia, there was a special feeling among England supporters. It was something that had not been seen for a long time, maybe even as far back as Italia 90: hope.
Gareth Southgate was brought in as England manager in September 2016 following the Sam Allardyce scandal. Though there was some scepticism initially, the team's fantastic performances in the World Cup proved all the doubters wrong. Southgate had won the hearts of the nation for achieving England’s tied second best performance in the tournament and much of this was due to his reliance on the English youth ranks.
There were numerous breakout stars in the campaign, the standout being Golden Boot winner Harry Kane. Despite this, they were defeated in the semi-finals by Croatia, proving they weren’t at that high level just yet, only confirmed by the subsequent loss to Belgium.
With four years to go until the next World Cup in the dubious location of Qatar, there is plenty of time to cultivate more young English talent. From world-class men in their 20s to top-tier teenagers, there are so many young players who can lead us to glory in 2022. These are the best of the bunch.
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