There is a lot to get excited about in relation to England's future. The way some talk, you would be forgiven for thinking that as soon as the likes of Gerrard hang up their boots, we are done for. No academy, no talent, no future. Fortunately that is simply not the case. We have a ton of talent coming through the system, and each week we'll pick out just a few of them to highlight. Here are my players to watch this weekend:
Ravel Morrison: West Ham United. (Home v Manchester City) (20 Years Old)
Morrison's confidence is sky high and so it should be. He is back in London after a successful spell with the England U21 team, scoring twice in a man of the match performance in their 5-0 drubbing of Lithuania. Playing just in behind the striker Morrison has as much natural talent as any English players in the game. The question marks surround his mental make-up. After a tough spell at Manchester United, he seems to be on the right track, a pitch bust-up with Wilfried Zaha is in the past and he'll be looking to run at a Manchester City defense that has looked anything but assured this season. Morrison will look to build on his performance against Tottenham where he scored a wonderful individual effort.
Saido Berahino: West Bromwich Albion (Away v Stoke) (20 Years Old)
Berahino is another player who's confidence is high, he also scored twice for the U21 side in their victory against Lithuania and he the kind of striker that just knows where the goal is. Feed him the ball in the right areas and he'll put it away for you. Last month he scored a cracking goal at Old Trafford. He's not has a sustained run in the Premier League, however if he can show he is a natural goalscorer, I imagine he'll get plenty of time to shine. Stoke still play quite a defensive style of football, hovering above the relegation zone on goal difference only. If Saido plays, I imagine he'll get a chance or two, score and it makes you hard to drop.
Andros Townsend: Tottenham Hotspurs (Away v Aston Villa) (22 Years Old)
After watching Andros Townsend for England this weekend, you wouldn't believe me if I said that Townsend had no goals and no assists for Tottenham so far this season. Well he doesn't! and now the pressure is on. I always feel sorry for any player who performs well for England, as the weight of expectation instantly shifts to your shoulders. Now people will start to watch him closely, and if he has a couple of bad games all of a sudden you'll hear the "What's wrong with Townsend?" news stories, or worse "Were his England performances just a mirage?". This weekend he'll be facing off against Aston Villa, a team who play an attractive style of attacking football. However this will suit Townsend down to the ground, plenty of space to run into on the counter. I think he'll get a goal and an assist this weekend, but that's just me.
Nathan Redmond: Norwich City (Away v Arsenal) (18 Years Old)
First of all I'm a Norwich City fan, so I'm slightly biased when it comes to Redmond. However he has shown his natural talent this year at Carrow Road after his summer move from Birmingham. He has gone a little off the boil lately but you would expect that with a younger player. He has game-changing ability, and that's why you always have to pay attention to him. He is a player that all England fans should be watching, he has elite pace and tricky feet. If managed correctly, the sky is the limit. Arsenal represent a tough match-up for Norwich and Redmond, but with Norwich likely playing most of their football in their own half and Arsenal committing men forward, there may be space for Redmond to utilise his pace.