If Jake Livermore can win an England cap, anyone can. We examine the top ten young stars, who could be set for England recognition in the New Year, with this article courtesy of fanatix.
10. Tom Carroll (Tottenham)
The young pass-master was a favourite during ‘Arry Redknapp’s reign at White Hart Lane and has forced his way into Andre Villas-Boas’ thoughts in recent weeks. Carroll is tidy in possession and has an eye for a pass, resembling Joe Allen in both style of play and physique. His performance against Maribor in the Europa League was hugely encouraging and a 30-minute cameo against Arsenal suggests Villas-Boas is ready to hand Carroll a more prominent role at the Lane. England recognition could well follow.
9. Luke Shaw (Southampton)
From the academy that brought you Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, comes the latest prodigal wide-man: Luke Shaw.
Young Luke is just 17 but has already made three Premier League appearances, including starts in Saints’ last two league outings. Shaw has naturally drawn comparisons with Bale because of his pace, dribbling ability and skill over a dead ball and, like the Spurs winger, he could well end up as a winger, rather than a defender. Either way, England boss Roy Hodgson will be monitoring the wonderkid very closely.