Football might not be coming home, but the pride of England has been reinstated. Despite losing in the semi-final against Croatia there are still many positives. This Three Lions team is still young and, with the average of 24, they still have the current crop coming up. The youth teams have had success along with the senior squad: winning the Under-17 World Cup, Under-20 World Cup and reaching the semi-finals in the Under-21 European Championship. The next few years could the start of success for England. But who should you keep your eye on this season? We look at Jadon Sancho and other bright prospects.
One of the few names that could have been on the plane to Russia. The 18-year-old is one of England hottest prospects after another fantastic season with Fulham. Scoring 16 goals in the Championship, he was the Cottager’s top-goalscorer. Also leading the Craven Cottage faithful to the Premier League allows him to prove himself on the big stage. Ryan Sessegnon is one Gareth Southgate will be keeping an eye on. If he sets the Premier League alight, he could easily become a big figure for England. He has potential to play in the LWB position with Ashley Young and Danny Rose struggling in Russia.
Was Norwich player of the season in 17/18 and has now got his well-earned move. The 21-year-old secured his move to Leicester City, being the man to replace Riyad Mahrez. James Maddison attracted a lot interest from the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. However, choosing the King Power Stadium allows him more game time which helps to develop him as a player. He is someone who can find pass from nowhere and create chances. His breakthrough could be expedited by the dearth of creative talent seen in Russia this summer.
Harry Winks looked certain to be one of England midfielders in the World Cup. Dominant in the midfield when Spurs played Real Madrid, he became a key player for the Premier League side. But an injury to his ankle against Crystal Palace became a long-lasting problem. He barely featured for Tottenham after Christmas. The 22-year-old likes to get the ball forward and pick out forward passes, which England needed against Croatia and Belgium. If the midfielder stays fit through pre-season and gets back into the starting eleven then he will make it back into the fold for England.
Not many people know his name but Borussia Dortmund fans definitely will. Leaving Manchester City to move to Germany seemed like a big challenge. However, he took it in his stride and began to have an impact. Starting seven games, getting one goal and two assists, he has put his career back on track. Many people felt he could have gone to Russia, but his time will surely come if he continues to improve.
Other notable mentions: Ademola Lookman, Phil Foden, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish.