In 2007, The Daily Mail predicted England’s “future team” ..

Wow they got this one spectacularly wrong ..

Link to the story here:

Here is the team that The Daily Mail predicted to one day be England’s starting XI:


Interesting stuff to say the least …
Most of them are probably unheard of to most football fans today so the fact that they’d be included in the England squad is a little questionable.

Micah Richards (with 13 caps for England) and Theo Walcott (with 35 caps and still being picked regularly) are the two exceptions here. Scott Sinclair still plays in the Barclay’s Premier League, with Aston Villa (on loan from Man. City) and also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.

So who are the others? Where are they now?

Ben Amos
Surprisingly still at Manchester United, but in his 6th loan spell in as many years, this time at Bolton Wanderers. He represented England at every level fro under 16’s to the under 21’s but never broke into the first team.

Sam Hutchinson
The former Chelsea full back is now at Sheffield Wednesday.

Gavin Hoyte
Back in 2007 was at Arsenal along side his older brother Justin. He’s played for 6 clubs since then and now plays for Gillingham. And his failure to play for England, means he’s now chosen to represent Trinidad and Tobago at international level.

Robbie Threlfall
Bit of a mystery as to why the Mail decided to include this youngster in the squad, as to be fair, at Liverpool he was average at best, not even making a single appearance for their first team. He has one cap for England at under 19’s level, has been out on loan twice and played for four other clubs. He is currently a free agent.

Dean Parrett
Dubbed the “next Paul Scholes” by many, Parrett never really got off the mark. Failing to impress at Spurs, and having been out on loan 5 times, he is now at league two side Stevenage.

Michael Johnson
Many Premier League fans will remember Johnson as a rising star at Manchester City (before they became all about the money!). He was known for his long distance shooting, and many pundits and managers alike, including Dietmar Hamman and Sven Goran Eriksson had tipped him to be a future England hero. But unfortunately his career was ended at the age of just 24 due to his persistent injury problems.

James Henry
Henry is now playing for Wolves in the Championship. Aside from his obvious lack of world class skill, his confusing nationality could also have led to the fact that he never played for England’s first team. He played for Scotland’s under 16’s, then England’s under 18’s, before playing for Scotland and England_’s under 19’s, pick a side and stick with it eh James?.

Jose Baxter
Highly regarded as a youngster full of promise at Everton, he became the youngest player to ever play for them in the Premier League in 2009. But his progress halted and he is now a regular starter for Sheffield United, but as a midfielder and not a striker.

The Daily Mail got this one fairly wrong then, still if you’re an England fan it could be worse ..

Just be grateful they didn’t predict a manager!

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