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Experience still vital for England

It seems like nothing has changed with the England team.

Manager Roy Hodgson may have provided a breath of fresh air in some ways but various members of the 'old guard' remain, whilst the younger generation are arguably yet to reach their full potential.

The start of the World Cup qualification campaign has seen the Three Lions win 5-0 in Moldova and draw 1-1 with Ukraine at Wembley.

Although, it’s hard to gauge anything in the first match against a nation with a population of fewer than four million, the true test was always going to come when Oleg Blokhin’s side arrived in London.


The English will be relieved with the point they obtained from a game which highlighted their defensive frailties as well as the continual need to develop youngsters who are on the fringes of the first team.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley showed his immaturity in front of goal, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain failed to make much of an impact in the stalemate.

However, the likes of Frank Lampard (pictured) and Steven Gerrard, along with the expected returns of John Terry and Wayne Rooney, continue to be at the forefront of Hodgson’s plans.

With potentially tough trips to Poland, Montenegro and Ukraine to come, this level of experience may be an important asset for England if they are to progress from Group H.

By Elliott Grunwell

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