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  • 30 Jul
    导出博客文章Inexperienced young players are being fast-tracked into the England squad at an
    increasing rate, shows a Sky Sports study. Over the past 20 years, the average
    number of top-flight appearances made by a player before they earned their first
    England cap has steadily decreased. In 1996, footballers, on average, made 75
    Premier League appearances before making their England debut. That average
    figure is now down to 33 games, with Manchester Uniteds Marcus Rashford and
    Tottenhams Dele Alli prime examples. The average number of top-flight
    appearances before an England debut has dropped from 75 to 33 since 1996 United
    striker Rashford only made his professional debut in February but was playing
    for England by May - after just 11 Premier League appearances. Alli, meanwhile,
    made the step up after just seven top-flight fixtures with Spurs. Raheem
    Sterling (13 top-flight appearances) and Ross Barkley (16) have also been quick
    to pull on the Three Lions jersey, although Theo Walcott became Englands
    youngest-ever player at 17 years and 74 days in 2006 without making one
    top-flight appearance. Raheem Sterling only made 13 Premier League appearances
    before making his senior England debut Since 1996, seven other players have been
    handed their England debut without playing one minute in Englands top flight:
    Fraser Forster, Rickie Lambert, Wilfried Zaha, Jack Butland, David Nugent, Owen
    Hargreaves and Kevin Phillips.However, Hargreaves made his name in Germany with
    Bayern Munich and became the only player in history to represent England without
    ever having lived in the country.In contrast, Kevin Davies made 382 top-flight
    appearances before making his England debut against Montenegro in 2010 - more
    than any other player over the last 20 years.Tim Sherwood racked up 324
    appearances before his first international cap in 1999, followed by Leon Osman
    (259), Trevor Sinclair (218), James Milner (205), Chris Sutton (194) and Lee
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    Queenslands NRL preliminary final against Cronulla on Friday night.However, boom
    teenager Kalyn Ponga remained on standby for veteran centre Kane Linnett when
    the Cowboys flew out for Sydney on Wednesday.Cowboys assistant Todd Payten ran a
    line through Wintersteins name as a rowdy North Queensland contingent bid
    farewell to their beloved NRL club at Townsville airport.He wont be training
    with us, no, Payten said of Wintersteins plight.The winger was not named for the
    Sharks clash but had been hoping to battle back from a rib complaint that forced
    him to miss last weeks extra-time semi-final win over Brisbane.Javid Bowen will
    now slot onto the wing for Winterstein.But the jury is out on whether Linnett
    will return from a hamstring complaint that sidelined him for the sudden death
    semi-final.North Queensland coach Paul Green described Linnett as likely to play
    the grand final qualifier in a reshuffled backline.Cowboys under 20s star Ponga
    still flew out with the team on Wednesday.Kalyn is coming down as cover for
    Kane, Payten said.The coaches believe its also a good experience for Kalyn to
    see how we do things travelling away and being in the finals system.But we
    expect him to run out for the 20s.Cowboys coach Paul Green said Linnett will be
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    is there as back-up.The Cowboys under 20s play reigning premiers Penrith in
    their own Friday night preliminary final.Ponga - just 18 - became the sixth
    player in 30 years to make his NRL debut in a final after being a shock call up
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    tackle busts and a line break, almost scoring with his second touch.He has
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    man himself.Hes obviously got a big future at the club, Cowboys co-captain
    Thurston said of Ponga.Hes come through the system.Theres a genuine pathway and
    players can now aspire to follow him.His impressive debut has ensured the
    Cowboys will begin off-season contract extension talks, despite Pongas current
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