England coach says he'll select young midfielders...one day..click here for more
The England coach tells TheFA.com he'll select two of the country's most impressive young midfielders...one day...
Sven-Goran Eriksson cut an upbeat figure when TheFA.com caught up with him earlier today, and, when you consider the form that both his established and future stars are in currently, it's not difficult to understand why.
Manchester United duo David Beckham and Paul Scholes are arguably playing their finest football in the last year while the pair that battled against each other when their clubs met on Wednesday, Emile Heskey and Sol Campbell, are also in frighteningly good fettle.
But for Sven, it is the youngsters emerging this season who are really firing his imagination. Whether it be Milner at Leeds, Rooney at Everton, Parker at Charlton, McEverley at Blackburn or Defoe at West Ham, it seems almost every club at the moment is spawning at least one young English player who looks to have the pedigree and attitude to make it to the very top of the English football ladder.
Standing at the top of that ladder is Sven and he revealed to us that a few of this season's best young performers have already caught his eye.
"It is very good for us that so many of these young players are playing regular first team football - and many of them are playing in Europe as well," he enthuses.
"If we start at the back and you talk about goalkeepers, I think the future is looking extremely good. We have two extremely good young talents in Kirkland and Robinson. Unfortunately Kirkland is now injured - that is a real shame but I am sure that he will be back."
Meanhwhile, in the midfield area, where the likes of Beckham, Scholes and Gerrard predominate and players such as Butt, Lampard and Hargreaves push for inclusion, the England manager believes he has already identified two players who epitmozise the new breed of the English midfield general.
Sean Davis and Jermaine Jenas have emerged as two of the most impressive talents in the Premier League this term. At such a tender age, both have been entrusted with the responsibility of driving their teams from the centre of midfield.
Their response has spoken volumes about their maturity and promise. With the ability to pass, tackle and organise, their credentials are clear to see. Notably too, they have both developed the knack of delivering vital goals - witness Jenas' last minute strike on Wednesday - a quality which appeals to managers at every level.
"Davis at Fulham is doing very well in the Premier League and he has played in Europe too - it's the same with Jenas at Newcastle," Sven explains.
"Talking to David Platt, he tells me a lot about these players and yes they are doing very well for their clubs and have done well for the Under-21s too."
So, the million dollar question, are they good enough for England Sven?
"Every game they play, they gain a lot of experience...one day I will pick them."
You can see a twinkle in his eye at the prospect.
Sven was talking to Daniel Freedman
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