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English football must copy the Spanish model

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Messi represented Barcelona B (©GettyImages)
Messi represented Barcelona B (©GettyImages).

The difference in strength between the Spanish national team and the English national team is vast with the Spanish better in every position apart from perhaps Wayne Rooney.

If you look at the current Spanish squad, a lot of the players played for either Real Madrid Castillas or Barcelona B who instead of playing in a reserve league, as they would if in England, play in the second division. 

This gives the players a taste of first team action from an early age, most of whom are Spanish, thus improving their national team.

Players that have most noticeably played for the Barcelona B include the likes of Xavi, Carles Puyol and Lionel Messi in the current first team alone.

Messi being one of the few none Spanish players to come through the reserve team. Another top player to come through Barcelona B and currently plays for the Spanish national team is Pepe Reina who now plays for Liverpool. 

Other players in the current Spanish national team that have played in the Spanish league with a reserve team include Sergio Ramos, Juan Mata and Iker Casillas - among others. 

Top managers such as Andre Villas-Boas have called for the reserve teams to be allowed into the football league in England, both agreeing that the English youth system leaves a lot to be desired.

There are of course rules that have to be implemented such as the top team cannot call-up or demote players - apart from during a transfer window - and that the reserve team and senior team cannot be in the same league. 

The reserve team cannot enter cup competitions and only under-23 or under-25 (with a professional contract) can play for the reserve teams.

You may agree or disagree with allowing B teams into the English football league, but it can't be argued that the English national team leaves something to be desired when compared with the Spanish team and that something must be done if England are ever going to win another World Cup.

 

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