International football returns this weekend and Gareth Southgate’s England are back in action as they travel to Croatia and Spain.
Matt Le Tissier spoke to Sporting Life regarding the potential new faces that could feature for the Three Lions and what sort of difference they could make for the team going forwards.
The Saints man picked out one man in particular who could hold the key to success for England, yet remained disappointed for obvious reasons:
“I’d like to see the likes of James Maddison getting a run out," Le Tissier said.
"I think he’s had a really impressive start to the season.
“I’m a bit disappointed actually as he was due to sign for Southampton before Leicester hijacked the move late on, and look at the way he’s started the season. That would have been massive if we would have had someone like him playing in that kind of form, but I’d like to see him get a chance."
Maddison can provide something that may have been lacking in previous England sides, and Le Tissier believes that their futures with the national team are looking prominent and exciting.
He continued: “You’ve also got Mason Mount in the squad as well who has started well in the Championship under some good tutorage of Frank Lampard. It would be great to see those kind of guys given a good run-out and see what they’ve got. Jadon Sancho has started the season at Borussia Dortmund pretty well too.
“These are all guys who are forward-thinking players and have got that little bit of creativity that we seemed to lack at the World Cup, so I think that’s the biggest thing for me from these two games, to see those guys can get themselves in the team, on the ball and making a difference."
St Mary's legend Le Tissier feels it is something the fans want - and need - to see from their team, as there are improvements to make from a tournament full of positives.
“However well we did in the World Cup, there was a little lack of creative spark in the side and creating loads of chances so that’s the biggest [area].
“The formation is neither here nor there, so for the players that are picked, you want to see them create something and get you off your backside when you’re watching the game, that’s what football is all about.”
The youth system is a well talked about matter with England and Le Tissier considers it to be improving year-on-year, as well as being the best it has been under Southgate.
“I certainly think that Gareth has got more inclination than previous managers to get the youngsters through into the squad. He’s been working with a lot of those players at Under 21 level. Those boys that have played under him have a big advantage when it is time for the squads to be picked.”
The Soccer Saturday pundit added: “He knows what their strengths are, he’s already got an opinion on them and so they’re in a very good position when it comes to making the squad and making the team for Gareth.”
By Billy Lumsden
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