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As England arrive in Brazil ahead of the World Cup, fans will wonder if this young side can go all the way in the tournament?

Pundits may be insisting that the World Cup will be won by a South American side, but Roy Hodgson's youthful England team will beg to differ. 

Unearthing young talent is an art. It is a time-consuming process that deals with nurturing the players' gift and, when the time is right, giving them the licence to express themselves and show the world what they have to offer.

A new generation is emerging in English football, and it is a vibrant, exciting one to say the least. England fans will be delighted with Hodgson's decision to include a host of youngsters in his World Cup squad. 

The likes of Luke Shaw, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may not be the most prestigious names in football yet, but they certainly are on their way to stardom. 

England have carefully selected a crop of players who have hunger and passion to exhibit positive football and have a winning ethic. The Three Lions have shown glimpses of what they can do in the warm-up matches ahead of their first group-stage clash against Italy. It is down to them to make the dream a reality. 

Germany manager Joachim Low was heavily criticised ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa for his youthful squad, yet, they found themselves finishing third in the tournament and a new era of players was recognised. 

Axing the likes of Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick was a brave decision by Hodgson, but also one that may pay dividends as England begin to move out of their comfort zone and challenge the best teams in the world. 

Getting out of their group will be a tough test in itself, as England have to play against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. If they can progress to the round of 16, then Hodgson's players can begin to build momentum and confidence.

The old names of World Cup dismay have gone and with them the scars of failure. What remains is a group of young English players who have nothing to lose and nothing to fear. 

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