Having made an impact just 79 seconds into his England debut, Tottenham youngster Harry Kane has been duly rewarded with a starting place in tonight’s friendly with Italy.
The 21-year-old may not be the only fresh face to make an appearance against the Azzurri either, with the meaningless nature of the fixture allowing Roy Hodgson to experiment with his England line-up.
While much has remained the same since the disaster in Brazil, there have been a few notable changes to the Three Lions squad, with Kane just one of four players to be handed a call-up since the tournament.
With that in mind, today’s Ladbrokes News poll focuses on England’s newcomers – those players selected for the first time since the World Cup – and who you think has the potential to be a world beater.
Here are the four candidates:
With a hairstyle not too dissimilar to Des Walker in his Three Lions pomp, Clyne appears to have translated his excellent club form for Southampton into some solid initial displays for England. A big money move beckons this summer.
Aston Villa’s midfield maestro finally appears to be translating the promise he showed as a youngster with Leeds into consistent performances for club and country. A defensively-minded midfielder with a penchant for a Hollywood pass, he has added plenty to the England team.
Tottenham fans have already christened the 23-year-old as the next Edgar Davids and though such comparisons may be a little premature, Mason has certainly been among the leading lights for Tottenham this season and certainly possesses similar attributes to the Dutchman.
The man of the moment as far as the press is concerned, Kane’s goal against Lithuania made it 30 goals for club and country so far this season and with the 21-year-old riding high on the crest of a wave, he could provide the kind of competition Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge need.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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