From Wayne Rooney, to Theo Walcott to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, England have often gambled on taking relatively inexperienced players to World Cups and European Championships and after another superb solo goal for the Under-21s West Ham’s Ravel Morrison could be the next in line.
The former Manchester United trainee is 6/1 to score at any time against Manchester City in the Hammers’ next Premier League fixture.
Morrison has scored four goals in his last six games for Sam Allardyce’s side.
Long held as a quite exceptional talent, the Wythenshaw native was regarded as the long-term inheritor to Paul Scholes midfield mantle at Old Trafford before a welter of off the pitch issues saw him cut loose.
Under the guidance of elder statesman mentor par-excellence Kevin Nolan he’s finally beginning to show just what all the fuss was about at Upton Park with a healthy contribution of goals making him West Ham’s top scorer in all competitions this term.
He’s dribbled his way to two solo strikes in his last three matches.
The extra dimension of menace that committed dribblers bring to the English attack was made abundantly clear by the impact of Andros Townsend on the recent World Cup qualifiers.
Morrison’s natty footwork has been seen in goal-yielding quicksteps against Tottenham and Lithuania’s Under-21s of late and would undoubtedly be an asset to an often staid and predictable Three Lions side.
An ability to play in a variety of positions would make him an effective squad member.
The 20-year-old has started the majority of his Premier League games this term in the less advanced central twosome of Allardyce’s midfield five, but also popped up on the right wing and even occupied a false number nine role at times during the Hammers’ watershed victory at White Hart Lane.
As such he offers potential cover for any one of five starting places in England’s often-used 4-2-3-1 setup as well as a wildcard attacking option from the bench.