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FA chief Southgate questions quality of England youth

FA chief Gareth Southgate doesn't believe the English talent is coming through.

Southgate is not convinced there is a big enough group coming through to take the England senior squad on to a higher level.

He told The Sun: "If I look at who was on the bench for Spain and Germany at Euro 2012 and then at various Under-21s and Under-19s, that's what we have to aim towards.

"Roy Hodgson brought Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in, who could still play now for our Under-19s, and, of course, there is Wilshere.

"But there are not too many others. If you cried out for a radical change tomorrow, how many of those would really be in on merit?

"The young goalkeeper, Jack Butland, is good.

"Yet I'm just amazed he hasn't played more for his own club, Birmingham. He will be a good challenger for Joe Hart, though.

"Then there is Danny Welbeck and if you look at possibly Kyle Walker, Phil Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chris Smalling and Wilshere, you have the basis of something. There are things to build upon."

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