England suffered a 2-1 defeated against Uruguay in their second group game of the World Cup, which leaves them on the verge of exiting the competition at the group stage for the first time since 1958.
With changes likely to be made in the England squad after the World Cup could Arsenal hold the key to better performances for England?
The two Arsenal players that are in the Three Lions squad have been highly unlucky with injuries. Midfielder Jack Wilshere has long been regarded as a future England star, but injuries again curtailed his development towards the end of last season.
That meant he went into the World Cup with very little match practice under his belt and has made just a brief cameo appearance off the bench in the opening game.
Fellow Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also endured an injury-hit campaign, but even worse picked-up a knee injury in England’s warm-up games that has meant him missing both of England’s games so far.
It is unknown whether the Ox will return for the third game against Costa Rica, but his skill and guile have definitely been missed by the Three Lions.
The other major one was injured winger Theo Walcott, who would have provided England with pace and a direct route to goal.
Gunners left-back Kieran Gibbs had one of his most consistent campaigns in recent years, despite suffering a few injury setbacks along the way. Everton left-back Leighton Baines has not exactly covered himself in glory in Brazil.
Surely Gibbs deserves his chance in the England team? Hopefully he can stay injury free next season and enjoy another good campaign.
All four of the English players mentioned are still relative young and all have the potential to go and become far better players. They would add something to future England squads, assuming they stay fit of course.
While Walcott and Gibbs have to watch from a far, Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain could still have an effect on the World Cup. The odds are against England qualifying for the last 16, the Three Lions are now odds of 7/1 to make the knockout stages.
Roy Hodgson’s side need Italy to defeat Costa Rica later today and then beat Uruguay and then hope that they have enough quality to beat surprise package Costa Rica in the final group game on Tuesday.
The former-Fulham boss may make changes to the Three Lions starting line-up for that Costa Rica game. That could mean Wilshere starting the game and if fit maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain. Both players have the quality to have an effect on the game and hopefully help England claim a victory.
The four Gunners players may not have a big part to play in this summer’s World Cup, but all four could have a major impact for the England team in the future, as Walcott has already had in previous England squads.
The four players have quality and are hungry, which is what the Three Lions are in desperate need of at the moment.
Could Arsenal players have a bigger part to play in future England squads?