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First real test for England’s Golden Generation against the World Champions

England breezed past their opponents to have a 100% record in the Euro 2016 qualifiers but no one is fully convinced of their abilities to win major tournaments when they have to play against better and stronger sides.

Their first major test will come tonight when they take on Germany in a friendly match at Berlin. While Roy Hodgson has named a youthful squad for the upcoming friendlies, he would have ideally liked Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge fully fit for these games.

Regardless of who Hodgson picks in his starting XI tonight, it will be a quality side filled with players who have performed admirably for their clubs this season. However, it is their lack of International experience which could comeback to haunt them.

England are going through a transitional phase where a lot of young and supremely talented players are coming through the ranks. Tottenham and Leicester have managed to hand Roy Hodgson as many as six (Dier, Alli, Rose, Kane, Vardy, Drinkwater) first team players this season.

Meanwhile Chris Smalling, John Stones, Nathaniel Clyne, Jack Butland and Jordan Henderson have improved on their last season’s performance and will add steel to England’s Euro 2016 campaign.

Roy Hodgson has the first opportunity at managing these talented bunch of young players and forge them in to a team. Germany will be the ideal parameter for England’s so called golden generation to test themselves and see where they lie among Europe’s finest teams.

English press can help their team by not creating a hype around these young players and let them play to their full potential. They have enjoyed playing in Premier League and since they are young and carefree, they might play with the same freedom at the Euros if they are allowed to do that.

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