Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread - BRAVE BRADFORD/KICKING KIDS
I don't really think you should just throw in youth players because it's a friendly. Friendlies should be used to build on team chemistry.
What I think was after the Euros a team with an average age of 26-27 should have been designed and they should have sticked to it, whilst adding one or two (to the squad, not necessarily starting line up) who would be in good form every time a friendly comes up. It's whay the Germans did after their Euro 08 defeat. They blew up the team and brought the likes of Ozil, Khedira nand Boateng in. Meuller was in form, so they allowed him in the line up as a wild card if you like.
The top nations keep the same teams. They have kept the same team (the right team) for a while now and they play well because the chemistry is there. Germany slowly eases new players like Reus into the starting line up rather than just chucking him in. There's a process to be followed.