March 25th, 2011

England Babies: Ready or Not?

Images: Getty Images/Zimbio.

The dashing of expectation onto the rocks of reality is a pain that England fans have hardened themselves to in recent years. Whether it’s the alleged inability of their players to observe marital propriety or managers’ failure to well… manage; for most of the team’s followers the whole shebang has been nothing less than heartbreaking in recent years.

Unless, of course, you’re Stuart Pearce. Apparently, the Rio Ferdinand/John Terry captaincy ish has not sated the former player and current manager of the England U21 squad desire for excitement.

Last night he poured a large bucket of accelerant onto troubled waters by requesting that Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll be called into his squad for this summer’s U21 European Championship, despite already playing for the seniors.

Image: Getty Images/Daylife.

Theoretically, this could mean that Wilshire and Carroll represent their country for two consecutive summers; a prospect unlikely to thrill their respective club managers.

Over tequila slammers this morning last night, we found ourselves idly prodding the notion that this kind of thing could actually be at the root of England’s problems. Unsurprisingly, we failed to come to a substantive conclusion but just know you lot will be dying to have your say.

Do you think that England pull their youngsters into the senior squad to early, thus preventing them from gaining experience in an environment where the weight of expectation isn’t so heavy on their shoulders? Or do you think that the senior call up is an honour earned through merit and if they’re ‘good enough, they’re old enough’.

Give us your thoughts, ladies and gents.

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31 Responses to “England Babies: Ready or Not?”

  1. Inés says:

    I think Jack Wilshire is very talented. He can achieve anything he wants.

  2. meh says:

    jack and andy…two hot pieces of ass.

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  4. Clare says:

    I think sometimes an injection of youth is exactly what the senior squad needs, especially for a team like England that has been stagnating in recent times. Germany's World Cup squad proves what youth can do. The youth squads are important but if the manager of the senior team thinks they're ready, age shouldn't hold them back. Experience at the senior level can only be a good thing.

  5. Ruth says:

    I think that the U-21 tournament provides very important training and experience for these young players. Germany did fantastically at the World Cup with their youth players but most of those had matured together through the youth teams and that was one of the reasons they were so effective.

    Therefore in my opinion I believe that the U-21 teams are important and kids should be given a chance to play in them.

  6. Zinny says:

    I'm sorry but to me, the most attractive members of the squad are JT and Joe Hart.
    I think Stevie's handsome too but I have too much respect for my captain to see him that way…

  7. lyricm9 says:

    me too :-)

  8. Lotte says:

    I think that, at least the two individuals in question here, are ready to play with the seniors. They already play with them/against them every week in the league. Plus of course it's an honour. Plus they are gorgeous and the more we see of them the better.

    • @DebStimson says:

      I agree. Dear little Jack was MOTM when Arsenal played Barca at the Emerites. AND I have to think there's quite a bit of "pressure" on him already playing such a vital role for Arsenal in the EPL. He's seem to handle that just fine.

      As for Carroll…good grief If he can handle the pressure of having a £35 million price tag on his head in his move to Liverpool, I dare say that that he can handle the pressure of playing with the big boys. He's not been fit long while at Liverpool and yet in the games he has played, he's hit the ground running.

      Take a look at The Ramos & Iker, they both were called up quite young and they are doing just fine. Perhaps there are some youngsters that are called up too early but I don't think this will be the case with Andy & Jack.

      • Lotte says:

        Yes, Jack at least seem very mature for his age. I like the way he handles himself on the pitch.

  9. Erika says:

    Jack wilshere is a great player and he has earned his spot as well as andy carroll.

  10. xbabyshakesx says:

    I believe being called up is an honor and club managers should not be against that.
    but i do understand where gaining more responsibilities and experimence through club matches are greatly needed as well.

    best of luck to both!
    Go Jack! =]

  11. Amy says:

    Between Jack and Theo, Arsenal is where it's at with the barely-legals. And they're totally good enough to play with the big boys, too.

  12. bri_saldana says:

    JT looks extremely cute looking over @ Terry. No lust though…that's just too wrong for me. Perhaps we should call up some kickette babies to that duty..??

  13. rubyqueen says:

    i really can't stand the england team but the only shining light in all of this is jack and andy.they are the future.

  14. Audrey says:

    There are people that the phrase "if you're good enough, you're old enough" fits, but other times the particular individual may be good enough but not mentally/emotionally old enough for the added pressures and expectations of the senior side.
    Anyway, I think in this case, Wilshere especially has shown he can handle a quite substantial senior role for his club, so why not for his country?
    Also, why exactly couldn't they play for both? I mean certain people wouldn't be happy about it, but you can't please everybody all the time. In the U.S., Juan Agudelo now has a couple caps for the senior side and was called up for this week's friendlies … and he's still involved with the U-20s. (Although since both the U-20s and the full side have tournaments this summer, it's going to be one or the other for him, and I suspect it will be senior. The U-20s have many more forward options than the full team does).

  15. Elisa says:

    I have a lot of hopes riding on Wilshere to not end up becoming a jerk. Hopefully the elder members of the NT don't rub off on him. The kid is adorable, and a darn good player too.

    I'm excited for this match. Wilshere with a chance to start for England, Aaron Ramsey captaining Wales. Can it get much better for an Arsenal fan?

  16. moni says:

    Jack <3
    Terry <3

  17. mochara says:

    Awww Jack's dimples!!!! *dies of cuteness*

  18. JA7 says:

    Jaaaaaaaackkk youuur dimpless! You'ree too cutee <3 & Andyy is justt bad asss ;)

  19. Bettie says:

    How old is Andy? I thought he was older than 21.

  20. xoWinnie says:

    Andy is such a hot little "alleged" thug. Wilkshere is just pure love…I am not gonna lie…the English babies are one of the best-looking sides out there right now (besides Spain, of course).

  21. Brogan says:

    This feels so…illegal, but all I see is Jack Wilshere's tent-of-shorts (I feel like if I say it that way it's less creepy that he's only a teenager)

  22. haha says:

    i would do them both

  23. Anahi says:

    Jackyyyy <33333

  24. chay says:

    andy carroll is the only reason why i watch anything English-related–he rocks my female "schwing!" well, i take that back–now that meireles is playing for 'pool, i actually watch their matches. BUT … i digress. There is nothing wrong with andy carroll kicking it with the big boys. If he's good enough, then he's good enough! Let him become a big fish in a big pond–little ponds are suffocating and not good for growth.

    But seriously, let's be real here: it's really all about the "schwing!"

  25. balicious says:

    Carroll looks gorgeous in above pic

  26. Ashlee says:

    I think that any insurgence of youth may be a good thing for England. It is an honor to play for any national team. I hope they're not too pressured though, they're quite young. That captainship madness should stop. I'll take JT or Rio, with the band, without the band, with a kit, without a kit… whatever.

    Just play. Ban Underarmour. And Swap Shirts after the match. Please and Thank you.

    • JaneSpotting says:

      Oh Ashlee I like yr campaign idea. Ban UnderArmour/Mandatory shirt swapping post match (for friendship and all that jazz). lol sign me up!
      Def. take JT over Rio for captain..of my heart!

  27. Sergz says:

    Look at those dimples! (: