England must learn from La Liga & Bundesliga success
England opinion: Premier League clubs must develop youth in order for national team progression
The final four teams in the Champions League have shown why Germany and Spain are always doing well in international competitions.
The roles of the national players from the respective leagues are very important for their clubs and they always compete on the highest level almost every week so it becomes customary for those players when they play in big international tournaments
The remaining teams are Barcelona and Real Madrid from Spain and Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund from Germany. These teams contains several players that play for their country and their roles at these clubs are very important so their performance has to live up to the responsibility and whats expected from them.
In the Barcelona and Real Madrid teams there are Spanish national players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, David Villa, Jordi Alba, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Gerard Pique, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa. All these players mentions plays a huge role in the success of their clubs. They always compete at the highest level week-in-week-out.
When these players are in an international tournament they are well equipped with the competitiveness and experience of always competing at the highest level which gives them a very good chance to do well.
The same can be said for Bayern and Dortmund with German internationals such as Philip Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez, Marcel Schmeltzer,Mats Hummels, Sven Bender, Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus.
All these players are significant figures in their clubs and this is important for their national team as they are playing at the highest level every week and their expectations are always high. The pressure to deliver on the big stages is always something they have to live with so its becomes natural over time.
For the past four or five seasons,the top clubs in England are seen to be Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
When you look at these teams there are not many English players present and their significance in the club is not very strong. Man United have just Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick who are important to them with Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones seen as the future of the club.
The only English player at Man City with a very important role is Joe Hart. James Milner, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott are seen as fringe players. City however has continue to struggle in the Champions League.
Steven Gerard is the one English player at Liverpool with an important role while at Arsenal Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are seen as important players. Chelsea has Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole but they are old and has past their best even though Cole is still considered one of the best left backs.
At Tottenham, Scott Parker has a big role as well as Aaron Lennon but they are not in the Champions League every season, so they are not really at the highest level.
There are not enough English players in these big clubs who play a significant role in their club's success. There are not enough English players playing at the highest level every week and this is one of the main reasons the England team struggles against the top teams in the world and at International tournaments. The signs are there that England will continue to struggle for the years to come as this situation at these clubs are unlikely to change any time soon.
The English League has moved from development of youth to the purchase of world class stars, as the clubs with very wealthy owners are seeking instant success so they use their money to attract top players from other nationalities to deliver trophies. Manchester United and Arsenal are the exceptions as they still try to produce young English players but the numbers are not good enough to compete with the likes of Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil.
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