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England may have crashed out of the 2018 World Cup, but there are signs the team could go one or two steps further for the follow-up in 2022.
The English squad is remarkably young, and by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the team will have four years more experience under their belts.
The team has already grown remarkably in just two years, and that growth seems certain to continue.

Tens of millions of England fans’ hopes were dashed on Wednesday, when the national team lost 2-1 against Croatia in the World Cup semifinals. It had been England’s best performance in decades, and many had dared to dream that the team might even go on to win it — that football was coming home.

Alas, it was not to be. But that cloud has a silver lining: The England team is already in a fantastic position for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It’s four years away, sure, and a lot can change in that time. But right now, the signs are all looking good.

First, look at the team. The average age of the English squad was under 26, the joint-youngest in the World Cup tournament, and only three of the current players — Ashley Young, Jamie Vardy, and Gary Cahill — are over 30. Harry Kane, the captain, is just 24. In comparison, Croatia’s average is more than 29, and some of their top players are past 30, like 32-year-old Luka Modric, 30-year-old Ivan Rakitic, and Mario Mandzukic (32).

Many of the same players who led England to such success in Russia this year will be returning in Qatar, with four more years’ experience under their belts.

Next, just look at the England team’s progress in the last few years. The UEFA European Championship in 2016 was an abject humiliation — England crashed out after …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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