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England's overrated youngsters

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A problem above all else crippling English football at the moment; forget about foreigners, managers and money, the real problem is an inflated judgement of players ability.

So many young players that are coming through right now get thrust straight into the spotlight after a couple of games.

People like to pick up on these 'stylish' young players who have flair and buckets of pace and because of this attractive style, they seem to get frenzied about them.

Case and point: Ross Barkley. Yes, the Everton youngster has looked quite good this season, but should he have been in the England team- definitely not.

Also, should he be linked with big money moves- definitely not.

The 19-year-old has only 17 appearances in the Premier League, there are so many things that need to be looked at before judging a player as world-class, as I saw some people doing on Twitter.

A whole season for one, Barkley has not played a full campaign as a regular starter in the Premier League yet.

Let see if he can maintain a good tempo for a full year before lauding him as a great.

Another is Wilfried Zaha, another player who gets hyped as a great player already.

You cannot say that of a lad who has only played Championship football and no Premier League experience at all.

Yes, he may look good on the ball against the defences of Peterborough and may showboat his way through ties against Barnsley but the fact that he hasn't got close to the Manchester United team yet is a pretty good indication of his level.

Another who I think comes in for far too much lauding is Jack Wilshere, and that may divide opinion.

I was hoping by now that Wilshere would become cleverer on the ball but he hasn't.

He gets the ball and runs and his passing reflects his own ambitions to run his way through a defence.

When you look at the international teams like Brazil and Spain, the build up play is far more patient and well thought out.

It seems in England that you have to get in on goal with pace and power, and that hasn't worked since 1966.

None of our midfield youngsters are capable of getting on the ball, knocking it around while waiting for the gap to appear.

Its the same style that you see in pitches in all over the country in kids football, wheres the progression?

Its high time that all the parties concerned realise that we shouldn't be expected to steamroller teams like Ukraine away from home because to put it simply, Ukraine have as good a squad as we do, if not better. 

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