Trevor Brooking named Adam Armstrong from Newcastle United,Tom Carroll and Marcus Edwards at Tottenham Hotspur alongside Derby County’s Will Hughes, Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson and Chris Willock and Chelsea’s Jay Dasilva and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as potential prospects for the 2020 European Championship.
The 66-year-old talked up a number of England’s up-and-comers, with Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Derby County, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, Charlton Athletic and West Ham United players all getting a mention.
‘’Saido [Berhaino] is one [of the prospects for Euro 2020],’’ said Brooking. ‘’Adam Armstrong at Newcastle, [Marcus] Edwards is a very good player and Joe Gomez is a good prospect at Charlton and they’re battling to keep hold of him.
‘’Reece Oxford, the centre-half at West Ham, [Chelsea’s] Jay Dasilva at left back, Chris Willock, the Arsneal lad, is good. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is breaking through into the Chelsea first team.
‘’James Ward-Prowse, [Derby’s] Will Hughes is a good player, progressing really well, [Spurs’] Tom Carroll is a good prospect. Carl Jenkinson has had a good season [on loan from Arsenal to West Ham], Luke Shaw [of Manchester United] on the other side, and they will both motor on.’’
Who can realistically make the England team in 2020?
With five years left to develop, the chances of anyone predicting the squad even remotely close to what it will eventually look like are very slim.
In five years' time, the likes of Hughes, Ward-Prowse, Jenkinson and Shaw will all be into the middle of their footballing career and will hopefully have all become established for England.
Exceptional young talents such as Dominic Solanke at Chelsea will be coming of age and Jordon Ibe at Liverpool is not to be a player overlooked.
Nevertheless, Brooking is certainly correct in his summary of the Young Lions at the minute, it’s in its healthiest position since the beginning of the ‘Golden Generation’.