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England shouldn’t expect any success in the near future

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Like myself, all English football fans have been let down in recent years by our regularly under achieving international side. I would like to share my views on why this is the case, and on why I don’t see any reason to expect success in the near future.

The fact that us English created the beautiful game often gives fans a false sense of belief that we are also the best at it, trouble is, we aren’t. Nor are we close for that matter. When you look at the truly great international sides of today, such as Spain, Brazil, or Holland, you will note that they play a different style of football to our inferior England.

While our game is based on being fast paced, hard tackling and extremely competitive, other nations dedicate their attention to the finer things in football, pass and move, retaining possesion, creativity and flair. These are now proving to be far more valuable traits to learn and this is the sole reason England shall never be able to match top nations when they meet in major competitions.

In England we have teams like Arsenal – who try to play attractive football, coming up against the likes of Stoke City – a rough team that dedicate time to set pieces and often try to bully their way to a win. How can this possibly be of benefit to our national side? When a manager selects a squad of players to work together as a team, they all need to have the same philosophy of how to play the game, they need to be synchronized and understand exactly what each other are going to do.

Little use is it picking a player who often attempts, and fails, to make forty yard passes such as Gareth Barry, to sit alongside a very talented individual in Jack Wilshere, who likes to get the ball down and play the sort of football that has recently propelled the Spanish to become world and european champions. These two men are only an example, however there are many players in the England camp which have a complete different understanding of the game to one another, and that can only mean one thing, failure.

Although it will never happen, my suggestion would be that clubs in England follow in the lead of teams such as ‘catalan giants’ Barcelona, and begin to invest more money and time in developing youth prospects at academy level, which would benefit the nation as a whole, and less money on bringing in foreign exports to play football in the way we can only dream of. Until this happens, my prediction is that there will be no future success at international level for our country, and the already endless amount of excuses and apologies, from managers and players alike, will continue for many years to come.

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Comments (10)

  1. It is quite sad for the national team, when you look what great players they have. Rooney, Gerrard, Walcott, Lampard, Ferdinand, Terry, A. Cole, etc.
    It is also a shame for the European football…

  2. Very interesting article, i particularly like the Wilshere/Barry idea – if Wilshere was around ten years earlier, maybe he and Paul Scholes would have been a better blend? But then again, that’s still only two players, Spain has eleven of those kind of players. Good article.

  3. Thanks mate, this is my first article at http://www.soccerlens.com – glad you found it interesting.. I agree completely about Wilshere/Scholes, but like you say that’s only two players, other countries are simply breeding a higher class of player right now.

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  5. Not only do they need to focus on devloping talent in the academy but they must also work on not devaluing players due to physical characteristics. Players like Xavi, Iniesta, or Messi would really have had a hard time getting a look at the youth level in England due to their size. The real difference between academies in Spain and England is the focus on physique rather than technique.

  6. Brilliant point, it was only recently Harry Redknapp made an off the cuff comment that if a young Messi turned up at a training ground you’d tell him he wouldn’t make it because of physique.

  7. An interesting article, there are a few things, however, that i would like to add. There is one team that you forgot to mention , probably the best team at the world cup, a young team as well, and a team England could more easily emulate than some of the other mentioned teams – Germany. As a Barca fan, I love teams that play good football. I do not feel that there is one superior style of play. All styles have their merits and flaws, but there is one factor that always shows – intelligence.

    The greatest teams have at their heart, geniuses who are a couple of steps head of everyone else in the stadium, players like Sneijder, Ozil, Xavi, Iniesta, Kaka, Messi etc capable of deciding a big match. Unfortunately , and as you have already stated , players with skill and creativity are not the ones predominantly coming through the ranks in England. When I see teams like England and Chelsea play , I rarely see moments of sheer brilliance. It is more of a dependence on physicality and the opposition’s mistakes than anything else.

    Make no mistake about it, such an approach will win you matches, but if you want to go into every game knowing that you have a much higher chance of winning than the opposition, you would have to depend on superior technicality.

  8. Excellent article mate. football based on stamina and speed is over, passing and vision is the new attribute.(The ball is always faster than the player).

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  10. Hold on there.

    Arsenal only has a couple of first touch players (not an entire starting 11) and these players don’t defend like Barcelona does(with all 11 players, all the time).

    Arsenal is about as comparable to Barcelona as average 4 to Ferrari V12.