EX­TEND SQUADS TO 25

FourFourTwo - - UPFRONT - Robert J Wil­son, Cheshire

With the World Cup fast ap­proach­ing, man­agers will soon be se­lect­ing their 23-man squads for the fi­nals. But why not let them ex­tend their squads to 25, on the con­di­tion that the coach has to se­lect two play­ers from the Un­der-21 team or be­low? The play­ers would have to have fea­tured in sev­eral com­pet­i­tive games for the U21s or youth sides over a two-year spell to qual­ify for se­lec­tion. It would help to put more em­pha­sis on them play­ing for younger age groups, and en­hance their ex­pe­ri­ence for fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions. Fans love to see a young player emerge at a ma­jor tour­na­ment, and it would be great to see another White­side, Owen, Rooney or even Pele break­ing through.

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