Rodwell eyes future England role
Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is hoping for an injury-free season as he looks to force his way into a new-look England squad.
Rodwell missed large chunks of the previous campaign due to a nagging hamstring problem but he is now determined to put that disappointment behind him by performing well for club and country.
The Toffees star, who has two full caps to his name, is likely to be one of a number players, who didn't travel to Euro 2012, that will be under consideration for selection during World Cup qualifying.
England boss Roy Hodgson is set to revamp his squad with personnel who are more comfortable on the ball, and Rodwell certainly fits that bill.
The organisational qualities of the team were there for all to see during the tournament in Poland and Ukraine but question marks have been raised about the technical levels of the English players following their quarter-final exit to Italy.
Rodwell doesn't subscribe to the theory that England are well behind the rest of Europe and sees reason to be optimistic for the future.
He said: "They say part of the European game is about being able to keep the ball - you look at the likes of Spain and teams like that - so hopefully we'll emulate that.
"We've got the players to do it, so I think once we put it together, it'll work out.
"I feel as if there are a few young players - the likes of [Jack] Wilshere, [Jordan] Henderson, myself and others, that can play regularly. You look at Manchester United who had Danny Welbeck competing in the Euros, and Phil Jones was there too. There's a good spine of players.
"I'm sure in the next few years that these players will grow and mature.
"My next goal is, to keep working hard and trying to get in the England squad. The World Cup is every player's dream."