Can young Lions restore English pride?

The morale and pride of most English football supporters are still battered and bruised after a hugely disappointing World Cup in South Africa but there are reasons to be optimistic.

Much of the talk is now about new beginnings, next generations and fresh starts. So what better way to look at what the future holds by watching the Under-19 European Championships which recently kicked off in France?

England are among the eight teams to have qualified for the 12 day tournament and got their campaign off to a flyer with a 3-1 win over Austria in Flers and the football betting odds suggest they should do well.

So who could we see in a senior England shirt come the next World Cup in Brazil 2014? Well here are a few members of the squad who a worth checking out.

John Bostock

The Spurs youngster became Crystal Palace’s youngest ever player when he made his debut in October 2007 aged just 17 years and 287 days. The highly rated midfielder immediately caught the attention of the top clubs and he made a controversial switch across London to Tottenham the following summer, with Palace chairman Simon Jordan furious at the cut-price £1.45million move. He has since become Spurs’ youngest player when he featured in a UEFA Cup match in 2008 and spent last year on loan at Brentford.

Nathan Delfouneso

A quick and powerful striker Delfouneso became Aston Villa’s youngest player to play in Europe when he appeared against Hafnarfjörður in 2007. The striker was top scorer in the European U19 Championship and has already been fast tracked into the Under-21 set-up. Last year’s Young Villa player of the year looks set to make his first team breakthrough this season as he attempts to help his club side make the in English Football, World Football. Tags: