The Football Association’s director of elite football has openly stated that the England youth teams were not good enough and many have blamed Premier League teams for not developing the youngsters.
This may be the case, but some teams like Arsenal and Manchester United have developed young English players.
However, these players, like Phil Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chris Smalling, have been put into the senior England team – even players such as Carl Jenkinson, who is on the edge of the England senior team, was not picked to play in the under-21 games.
Players like Phil Jones who had a lot of game time last season for Manchester United perhaps deserve a place in the English Senior team, though this is not to say that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chris Smalling do not deserve a place.
However, with neither starting as much as either would have liked it would have been better for England and the players to get some tournament experience.
In contrast, Luke Shaw confirmed he would be extending his stay at Southampton even with some of the Premier League’s more prestigious sides looking to snap him up.
This was a good move by the young left back as teams such as Chelsea, who have world class left-backs, would not play him as much as Southampton.
At St Mary’s Shaw will continue to get the precious Premier League experience and a lot more than if he had made the switch to a bigger club.
As the contract is for five years, he will be 23 when it expires and should be more prepared for a transfer to a top four side – if he hasn’t done so already.
Such patience will benefit him and England if he is not called up to the senior squad too soon.
It will always be a positive for young players to go to Premier League clubs, and even better for them to play for the teams in the top six, but only if they actually play.
If the teams do not play them then the youngsters will be sent out on loan where they get experience but also have to blend in quickly and doing this every season until they can cement themselves in the senior team could leave them a little bit delusional.
It would be better for them to play in squads that have the time for them, to develop at clubs that have space and time to get the best out of them.
If this would be a top six Premier League team then great but the player has to make the decision themselves.
The move of Scott Sinclair to Manchester City is one example where the player did not fit the club and staying at Swansea would have been a better choice.
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