Rio Ferdinand has hit the nail on the head here.
The England and Man United legend has called out the big Premier League clubs to promote their youngsters to the first team for the benefit of the national side.
This is coming from a bloke who knows his stuff – Rio made his debut at West Ham at the age of 18 in one of the hardest positions for an apprentice.
With Gareth Southgate putting his trust in the next generation of England, Rio says the Premier League clubs need to step up.
The centreback-cum-boxer heaped praise on Ruben Loftus-Cheek for his man-of-the-match debut performance before taking aim at the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino has already shown what a willing club manager can do for the Three Lions.
Keiran Trippier, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and of course Harry Kane have all thrived having been hand chances in the first team.
We all owe Poch a pint.
Rio clearly wants to see the likes of Chelsea and Man City give some of their starlets a run in the first team.
England’s youth teams changed the habit of a lifetime this summer by actually performing at international tournaments and coming away with trophies.
The future is seriously bright with the likes of Rhian Brewster and Phil Foden coming through the Under-17 World Cup winning team.
These lads won’t be ready for Russia next year but with a host of young English Premier League (and Championship!) players being called into Southgate’s squad for this international, there is a fresh sense of
false hope optimism around the team.
We’ve firmly entered ‘draw in friendly with Germany, England are World Cup favourites’ territory here, sorry not sorry.