Many pundits, ex-players, coaches and newspapers have given predicting the future England starting 11 a go over the years to very mixed success. A player who looks to be a wonder kid now, chances are in 10 years will have failed to hit their peak and started dropping down the divisions.
Based upon this we’ve researched some of the most popular picks from these predictions and given you an update of where they are today.
For example, did you know that Nile Ranger, once of Newcastle United, was heralded as a future starter for the England Team? It’s surprising to hear that now as he’s better known for his antics off the pitch than on it. After being jailed for online banking fraud and falling down the divisions faster than a stone, Ranger is closer to being out of football altogether than he is to the National Team. Another such player is Nathan Delfoneso, rather than being the architect of his own downfall, he just didn’t live up to the hype and went tumbling down the Football League pyramid.
Take a look at the below infographic and see if you think any of the players on it should have made it onto the World Cup team and familiarise yourself with the wonder kids of old, who knows it might help you better understand the Betfair World Cup odds.