I was asking for a reason to believe that England would be able to have at-or-near established EPL players that can fundamentally transform the team into a major player on the stage.
We've already answered this. It's their change in style. English players have evolved over the past 10 years. They no longer solely rely on stamina or physical presence. Very few top clubs still hoof the ball up and down the field. An emphasis on passing, possession, technical ability, patience and intelligence is beginning to develop. That's where you see major differences from the likes of Gerrard and Lampard to Cleverly, Wilshere, Henderson, Rodwell, etc.
Defenders no longer clear the fricking ball every chance they get. Phil Jones, Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Martin Kelly, Kieran Gibbs are all comfortable actually passing the ball out of the back and having the ball at their feet. This is something other countries have had for years and the English are just getting to.
The midfielders are much different than they have ever been before. The aforementioned players can actually have the ball at their feet, compile build-up, pick out a pass, complete a dribble, pass in tight spaces and put in a tough shift. They need a solid holding midfielder which I'm not sure they've found yet.
The forwards are also dynamic. Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling, Tom Ince, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, etc aren't traditional wingers. They don't just drive to the byline to put in a cross. They can score, assist, take men on, beat you with pace, play any of the 3 attacking positions, pick a pass, etc. And if that isn't working, they can bring in a target man (Andy Carroll) and cause matchup problems through him.
The current personnel seems to be more adapted to the modern game than previous squads. They are doing their best to mimic Spain and Germany. The PL has had an influx of possession based systems in the past couple seasons and that will continue to help the majority of these young players who will have to have a role in upcoming tournaments. The influx of foreign stars will continue and that will also get the best out of a lot of these young players. In all honesty, they can't be much worse than the previous generation in international tournaments.
iI don't know what else to say. You should be able to see the correlation between the types of young English players and the way the international game is played. Whether or not Woy will manage them well, who knows.
This post was edited on 12/21 at 6:18 pm