Not World-Beaters Yet!
Yep, England have some young and exciting talent in the squad coming through but Roy Hodgson has called for 'calm' ahead of the world cup.
He has moved to remind people that his squad are 'not world-beaters yet'...
It is almost unheard of for so many of the squad to be under the age of 24, with no fewer than 8 falling into that bracket with so many of them having 'a lot of potential' with Hodgson having 'excitement and belief in them' but he wants people to take a step back.
All too often England are 'built up' ahead of a tournament or an individual player is 'hyped up' too soon, he had called for a little 'caution' and asked for people to give these youngsters a chance to show what they can do before they are put on a pedestal too high.
When addressing the media, while not 'playing down' future chances he wanted to make sure expectancy levels were kept in check: 'we believe they can do it but let's calm ourselves down a little bit before we say we've got world beaters in our squad - to be a world beater you've got to go out with your international shirt on and play very well.
'I'm trying not to play down the fact that the future looks bright but, saying that, in this World Cup we are also going to need our experienced players to help these youngsters along.'
Hodgson is taking a sensible, and wise, approach.
I do think he might be warning people that it will not be a full set of youngsters send out, but then again we did not expect that did we - what we do expect, or at least hope, is that the balance is right and I think it will be.
At least I hope it is...
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