Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate revealed that there was no special focus on picking youngsters for the England squad going to the World Cup in Russia.
Southgate believes that the players that were picked for the tournament in June were the best in their position and it just so happened that there seemed to be more youngsters this time round.
"We’re picking them not because they’re young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they’re not the finished article. That’s where we are at the moment,” he told a news conference, according to The Irish Times.
“As a country, we pick from 33 per cent [of the Premier League’s players]. It is quite a unique situation.
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“Okay, maybe it’s brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these guys belief,” he said.
The lack of experience is especially apparent in the back line, with little to no international experience for all the three goalkeepers, while players like Trent Alexander-Arnold haven't been capped yet.
However, Southgate wasn't ready to write off England's chances of winning the World Cup and refused to consign the campaign in Russia to just a staging post.
“I don’t think when you are involved with England, you can ever write any game or tournament off – that wouldn’t be acceptable,” said the manager.
“We know teams that win tournaments tend to have a lot more caps than us and have experience of semi-finals and finals. That’s what Germany have done over a number of years, what Spain have done.
“This group, we know they lack big-match experience, but we think this is the best group available."