Five Stars for a Bright England Future: Fabio Can Count On Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea Kids

Next Wednesday sees England leave the Wembley fortress and head to Copenhagen for a friendly against a much acclaimed Denmark side.

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The Denmark game will be another chance for England coach to look at the next generation of players.

COS decided to give him a helping hand and point out five future stars who will become the core of the national team for the next 10 years.

Jack Wilshere, age: 19

The Arsenal player is the equivalent to Xavi. His manager Arsene Wenger, says he can play anywhere in midfield, often uses Wilshere as the holding midfielder, begging the question: do we need Gareth Barry? Wilshere danced rings around his City counterpart at the Emirates this season, Capello needs him to do so on the international scene.

Kieran Gibbs, age: 21

Wilshere’s Arsenal colleague has long been touted as the natural successor to Ashley Cole at left-back. He surely would have gone to the World Cup last Summer but for injury. And that is his biggest problem – keeping fit. But he is young and his body will develop and strengthen as he matures. Defensive positioning could do with work but he is the most promising left-back in the world.

Josh McEachran, age: 17

Comparisons made between McEachran and Wilshere are wrong as the midfielder is more reminiscent of a young Scott Parker. McEachran, part of the famous Under 17 European Championship side, is held in high regard by Carlo Ancelotti and Sir Trevor Brooking. More game time for Chelsea is needed before being called up to the England squad, but one to look out for.

Tom Cleverley, age: 21

Currently impressing out on-loan at Wigan. There were rumours Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to recall him and use the midfielder to challenge for the Premier League. He has been likened to Paul Scholes and raises the thought of a midfield threesome of Wilshere, Cleverley and McEachran – a technical midfield that will keep the ball all day. How long have England needed that?

Andy Carroll, age: 22

He has just left Newcastle for Liverpool in a record £35 million deal but Carroll is a youngster with relatively little experience. But he is now at a club that will speed his development and under a manager who knows how to handle strikers. He impressed on his first England appearance, despite poor service, and the thought of Carroll linking up with Wayne Rooney will leave you drooling.

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