English football: What needs to be changed?
English football is at a low point - but what should be changed to stop the decline?
The current crop of men’s football has well documented problems.
The most obvious problems are the lack of passing ability within the side, and somewhat more worrying lack of passion within the squad. England fans have always been lead to believe that the manager of the team, or the players themselves, is at fault.
Or some sort of lack of winter break, or that home grown player rules are not tight enough.
Recently however, the grumbles are about the coaching and the culture within England.
The odd bad manager or a lazy group of players can't explain the men’s full international problems.
With all age groups doing poorly there seems to be some systemic problem within the culture of English football.
Then again the investment in St George’s Park is targeted to improve the standard of coaching and young players in the country.
So, there seems to be progress.
But with the England women’s team struggling to get a draw against the lowest ranked team in Euro 2013, the problems seem to be with all parts of the English national game.
The game against Russia mirrored all the problems with the men’s game.
The team did not seem to play as a team, the passing was not there, and the movement was not there, the defending was suspect, the formation was tired, and the substitutions to affect the game were too late even though many were calling for it at half-time.
The long ball game was creeping in when the team ran out of ideas was reminiscent of many a men’s team.
So what is wrong?
The womae’s team will have come through a completely different system of coaches, and the domestic league is not flooded with foreign talent - an accusation that is levelled at the men’s game.
The problem, then, must lie a little deeper.
Could our addiction to fast paced aggressive football in the style of the Premier League be hurting the national game?
Could it be the quick fire media? Could it be poor coaching strategy? Could it be issues with something else?
What do you think the problems are with the English game?
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