England may win tonight, and they may lose. But what matters is that the team finally has some direction and some leadership, and a plan for integrating young players.
The structure put in place by Gareth Southgate is rewarding exciting young, hungry players, and while there are only two Chelsea men in there at the moment, it’s pefectly set up for an influx at the next tournament.
Players like Tammy Abraham and Dom Solanke are the perfect age to join Ruben Loftus Cheek at the next tournament, and the flood of brilliant young Chelsea players winning everything at club and international level in the youth teams are set to break through too.
We have had to be patient this time round, but by the next Euros the composition of the squad will have a strongly Blue flavour – especially if our new manager takes some risks with playing our young players.