I usually can’t stand the international break. The games are usually very slow and do not come near the quality of the premier league and other leagues. So to celebrate football that bores me to death, i will.be listing a few teams that contain a pool of players that will make their respected national teams a threat in the future.
A bit of an odd choice to start off with. I didn’t want to just talk about the obvious teams that everyone expects to have a bright future, I wanted to include a team that could have a future without many casual fans realising. Nigeria are one of the teams in Africa most football fans know have and now include some top quality talent. One of my favourite ever players, Jay Jay Okocha, was Nigerian. But let’s not look at the past, let’s look at the future. This team includes some talent that play in some top leagues. Players like Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, all premier league players, could help guide Nigeria out of the group stages of a world cup or even win an African Cup of Nations. All i can say is the future is looking bright for the African nation.
Even though the reminder of Portugal winning the Euros in France last year still bothers me in every sense imaginable, it could help Portugal put more effort and resources into their National set up. Portugal for years has been known for producting top quality talent. With huge names like Ronaldo, Pepe, Andre Gomes and Nani coming from Portuguese clubs. The clubs like Benfica, Porto and Lisbon all have developed some fine talent over the years, and now with their more experienced players coming to the end of their careers, it’s time for the next generation of talent to take over, and boy does it look bright. The world as already seen players like Renato Sanches and Raphael Guerreiro in that Euro winning side. But the world hasn’t seen talent like Andre Silva, the Semedo’s and Bernardo Silva, and Joao Mario and Andre Gomes only going to improve, Portugal could have a chance of winning more Silverware.
It feels like only yesterday we all saw Tim Howard put on one of the greatest goal keeper performances against Belgium during the 2014 world cup, and that was only the start for the US. For years now, Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey have had a consistent role in the national team set up, being the big stars for that team. But their time is almost over, so it’s time for the future. I already am aware of some stars in Germany like Julian Green and Pulisic, but the MLS itself is the reason why I’ve put them on this list. The MLS is a growing league, not over relying on the older players to go over there anymore. They are growing their own talent and actually making a competitive league, and that will lead to better academies, which will lead to even more US players. It just goes to show that the US could even win a trophy before England will get their second.
Germany’s under 21s already have collected over 1100 appearances in the Bundesliga this season, while England’s under 21s have collected 200 appearances. They have collected the most an under 21 team is in Europe. Do i need to say more? I think I’ll just list some of their young players. Leroy Sane, Joshua Kimmich, Andrea Ter Stegan, Timo Verner, Julian Weigl, Julian Brandt, Max Meyer, Leon Gretska. There you go.
France have the exact same case. They have so much depth in their squad at the moment it just seems like it will never end. With Monaco including plenty of young french players, nothing needs to be said about them as well. I just mainly wanted to discuss the first three national teams, because everyone knows Germany and France are always have a next generation.