Which of the Three Lions’ newest call-ups are set to roar?
With the dust barely settled on England’s World Cup campaign, Roy Hodgson’s men go back to work for the first time in a friendly against Norway at Wembley, where they are odds-on at 8/15 for victory.
Changes have been implemented ahead of the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 Qualifiers, one of which Hodgson was forced into.
Wayne Rooney has been named the new England captain after Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard called time on his international career after amassing an extraordinary 114 caps, to go third on the all-time list.
Curiously, Rooney is the only member of the latest squad to have acquired over 50 caps (95), and Hodgson has also introduced four new call-ups into the fold to add to a developing outfit.
As the national side enters a new horizon, ranked 20th in the world, we at Coral have taken a look at the four newest Three Lions.
Calum Chambers (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s £16m summer signing is potentially the most interesting selection given England’s well-documented defensive woes from Brazil.
Though Chambers’ breakthrough came at right back for Southampton, the 19-year-old has been fast-tracked to the national squad after a very impressive start to life at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.
Comfortable on the ball and a seemingly excellent judge of a tackle, Chambers also has the physical capabilities to make an impression despite his young age. These traits mean he is adept to playing multiple positions too, according to manager Arsene Wenger.
Since John Terry and Rio Ferdinand’s respective retirements, the Three Lions backline have found themselves bereft of leaders and true top pedigree talent. The likes of Chambers and two-times capped John Stones are encouraging indicators of England’s long-term options.
Jack Colback (Newcastle United)
Colback, 24, has been referred to as the ‘Ginger Pirlo’ by Hodgson and, whilst such a claim may be a tad far-fetched, he has caught the eye in the northeast in recent years.
The lifelong Geordie boldly swapped Wearside for Tyneside this summer, and his early season form has seen him shine with his diligent and tidy work at the anchor of Newcastle’s midfield.
Colback ironically got his first extended break in the Sunderland first-team at left back, when then loanee Danny Rose suffered numerous injuries – another player to earn his first Three Lions call-up for Wednesday’s friendly.
With Frank Lampard and Gerrard calling it a day, Colback is an option in a position England have all of a sudden become light in, and he can operate at full back if need be too.
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa)
Bradford-born Delph, 24, made his debut for Leeds United aged 16 and quickly became a young and exciting prodigy in the Football League.
After a £6m move to Aston Villa, Delph has gone on to cement himself as a fan favourite in an otherwise rather non-descript Villa side, prompting calls from boss Paul lambert for his inclusion in the England ranks.
The central midfielder picked up Fans Player of the Year for the 2013/14 campaign, a season that included a sterling performance against Chelsea where he netted the winner in a 1-0 victory.
Delph’s stature and excellent athleticism not only sees him cover great ground, but enables him to pose a threat moving forwards – something of a similar ilk to Chelsea’s Ramires. Though Delph will have Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and James Milner for competition, his attributes certainly offer a different dimension.
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Like Delph, Rose started his career at Leeds before securing a move to the Premier League, in his case with Tottenham Hotspur.
Rose is a bullish, enthusiastic left sider who is fully committed to every endeavour of the game. His intensity underpins his value both defensively and offensively.
The player, 24, was originally a left winger; however, after a loan spell at Sunderland, he returned to Spurs in the 13/14 season and finally established himself in the first-team picture in the left back slot.
Rose has got his work cut out to convince Hodgson he can be England’s resident left-back with not only Leighton Baines in his way, but also the injured duo of Kieran Gibbs (24) and Luke Shaw (19).
Although Chambers’ call-up seems like the most permanent of the four, the midfielders in particular, following a string of retirements and loss of form (Tom Cleverley), should be given every chance to stake their claim for Hodgson’s new-born England.