Joe Gomez's performance during England's 0-0 draw against Brazil has potentially ended the careers of Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, according to Jason Cundy.
The Liverpool defender was named the man of the match after his impressive performance against the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho during the stalemate at Wembley on Tuesday (14 November).
Gareth Southgate named a young team to take on the South American giants in a friendly during the current international break and they grabbed the opportunity with both hands as they impressed against an almost full strength Brazil side.
The key performance came from the defenders during the game with Gomez, John Stones and Harry Maguire playing in the back three in the manager's 3-5-2 formation. The average age of the central defenders being less than 23 is something that bodes well for the future according to Cundy.
The former Chelsea defender feels the aforementioned trio are the future of England and they could prompt Southgate to ditch the old guard and persist with the likes of Gomez and Stones for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
"One thing that I really am excited about is how many more years some of these young players have ahead of them," Cundy told talkSPORT.
"Joe Gomez put in the sort of performance [against Brazil] that I think ends Gary Cahill's international career, ends Jones' international career and ends Smalling's international career.
"I think that performance there tells me he's the future and that back three tonight were outstanding - Gomez, Stones and Harry Maguire," the former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea defender added.
Gomez, meanwhile, has admitted that it was special to be called up to the senior squad for the first time. The Reds defender made his debut as a substitute on Friday (10 November) against Germany and made his first start against the Selecao.
"For someone like me, it's a great experience to play at this level against a team like Brazil with all the players they have. We are happy with the clean sheet," Gomez said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"It has been special for me. It's a great honour to play for England at this level. I have to aim to keep playing and try to improve and hopefully more opportunities will come," he added.
It has been a torrid couple of years for the defender after suffering back-to-back knee and Achilles injuries that saw him miss a total of 362 days of football. He made just 10 first-team appearances in the last two seasons. Gomez has impressed during the current campaign starring for Liverpool at right-back, but his recent performances could see Jurgen Klopp consider him for the central defensive role, an area the Reds have struggled this season.