Just one World Cup is all the England national football team has to show for years of footballing excellence.
How does a nation that boasts some the best players in the world, and one of the best domestic leagues, produce so little on the international stage?
One can think of many reasons for their failure, but it's a few major ones that are the main contributing factors.
Compared to the Spanish national team, who have had great success recently on the international stage, England have a completely different playing style. Players who are sworn enemies week-in week-out at club level, fail to gel when put into the same team to unite for their country.
Little blame can be put on them, as they are used to a certain style of play and formation and, most importantly, used to playing under the leadership of their club manager.
Then they meet for an international match or tournament, and how much time does it take them to adjust?
They have just a few days to familiarise themselves with the players in the squad, get used to the different formation and playing style that a different manager has in mind - not such an easy task. And compared to Spain, whose players mostly come from one club and adopt the same style of play as well, it makes it much easier for them to adjust to international football.
The English media also play a part in putting even more pressure on the players, with every kick off the ball scrutinised and average players being made out to be superstars one week and ripped to pieces the next.
The media help to overrate players when, in truth, they may be just average compared to others.
With all this added pressure and the weight of a nation on them, it becomes increasingly hard for the English national team to produce, and only once they find a way to forget about that pressure and get back to why they started playing football in the first place, we could see England remain underachievers for years to come.
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