Hamann calls for faith in England’s young guns
Former Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann has urged England to give youth a chance at the forthcoming World Cup.
Speaking at a preview evening hosted by bookmaker Coral, the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City man said that a bold selection featuring some of the Three Lions’ most talented youngsters could pay dividends for Roy Hodgson, starting with the opening game against Italy.
“Why always wait to play the youngsters? If England go with a young side including Barkley and Sterling, Italy may not know much about them,” he said.
“If they go on and win that game 2-0 or 3-0 all of a sudden you’ve got that euphoria in your team and in the nation.
“If you win your second you’re through to the next round and you can rest players in your final group game.
“Then all of a sudden you think, ‘bloody hell, we’re in playing a team that finished second here and are in with a chance’.
Hamann’s tip to win the tournament is Argentina, a view shared by fellow panellists Mark Langdon of the Racing Post and Coral PR director Simon Clare.