Gary Lineker predicts bright future ahead for England

The former forward does however believe that they need Everton defender John Stones to realise his potential.

England are set to be very competitive in the years to come after a period in the doldrums, Gary Lineker has predicted on Twitter.

The Three Lions are taking part in a series of prestige friendlies during this international break, taking on Germany and Holland in preparation for Euro 2016.

They head into that tournament in France quietly optimistic, with a number of English stars such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Jamie Vardy all currently flourishing in the Premier League.

Their break started in fine form on Saturday as well, coming back from 2-0 down away to the current world champions to win 3-2.

And tweeting during the game, Lineker has predicted that the national side are set for a very bright future after a disappointing number of years.

The one concern despite the positives was the defence as the central defensive pairing of Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling appeared to struggle.

Many are resting their hopes on Everton man John Stones to go alongside the Manchester United centre half as the ball-playing defender the Three Lions need.

And Lineker, along with Joey Barton. did admit that the defence is still the one area of the team that needs work.

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