Arsenal youngsters could be England’s new stars
Walcott, Gibbs and Wilshere expected to be called up by Capello on Saturday
Will it be out with the old and in with the new for Fabio Capello when he announces his England squad this Saturday for next week's friendly with Hungary?
Capello is a man with a point to prove after England's flaccid World Cup showing, and he is expected to ring the changes when he names his squad in two days time.
Not only will he be looking to add some spark to a team that was disappointing in South Africa almost to a man, but he has the 2012 European Championships to look forward to. By then many of his current squad will be too far over the hill, so he needs to blood some young talent
But where will he look to find the sort of talent that could give England the impetus they need to have a realistic tilt at the trophy?
North London could be his starting point. Three youngsters from Arsenal are likely to receive a welcome text message from the Italian on Saturday - assuming Capello still trusts mobile phones after the debacle of England's World Cup squad annoucement.
Theo Walcott may have played himself out of contention for the England squad in the run up to South Africa, but Capello has made it clear he has a future in the national side. At 21 he has plenty of time to buck up his game, and has drawn plaudits from the likes of Lionel Messi who called him one of the most "dangerous" players he had ever come across.
Joining him could be Kieran Gibbs, who might well have been Ashley Cole's understudy in South Africa had he not been injured, and who has been looking lively for the Gunners in pre-season.
Rounding off the trio is mercurial Emirates prodigy Jack Wilshere, who may only be 18 but is one of the brightest young talents in England and will need to get some experience under his belt if he is to play a big role in the European Championships.
Expected to be joining them are Adam Johnson of Manchester City, Bobby Zamora of Fulham, and goalkeeper Ben Foster who has just signed for Birmingham. Also likely to be called up are Gabby Agbonlahor of Aston Villa and Tottenham defender Michael Dawson.
But that leaves the question of who will make way. David James's recently completed move to Bristol City would appear to be the final nail in the coffin of his England career, while Emile Heskey recently announced his retirement from international football.
Ledley King and Jamie Carracher are also likely to be left out, while Michael Carrick and Shaun Wright-Phillips could also find that they are given the cold shoulder by the Italian.
Two recurring traits of the players tipped for call-ups are speed and creativity. England's World Cup squad, while solid, were slow, dull and uninspiring. With the introduction of the likes of Adam Johnson and Jack Wilshere could Capello be trying to find England's own Mesut Ozil to breathe some life into the squad? ·
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