So, is the appointment of players such as Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs as coaches at club sides a partial blame for the failure of England?

In the latest release of FIFA's world rankings, England dropped, controversially to 15th place - their lowest position since failing to qualify for the 2008 European championships. 

During the recent U21 tournament, England's youngsters infamously lost all of their group games, whilst in the U20 tournament they did slightly better, gathering points - but failing to win a group game.

Players such as Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville have raw technical ability, but are instead elevated to top clubs such as Manchester United instead of the England set-up. 

Perhaps with Giggs and Neville the reasons are fairly obvious - Giggs is Welsh, whilst Phil Neville probably doesn't find the idea of working with his brother all to entertaining. But the lack of coaches who have playing experience is showing within the England squad.

And the lack of up and coming coaches England are producing is also worrying. In 2010, only 2,769 coaches in England had the top band of UEFA Coaching Qualifications, having being awarded A, B or Pro badges. Spain had almost 24,000 whilst Italy had even more at almost 30,000. These prospects do not paint the brightest future for England.

England's success on any European stage is not necessarily about the players chosen or the manager. It is about the whole coaching team, and what their abilities can bring.

Ex-players, especially those with a considerable number of caps on the international stage, can bring valuable knowledge and prove themselves to be assets - and the FA would do well do act on this.


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