Former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira believes that England's coaching methods are behind the times and that they must adapt to help bring through their young talent.

The Manchester City Elite Development Squad coach has said he doesn't believe that England's lack of success at international level is due to the amount of foreign players in the Premier League.

"I believe the game has changed and if the game has changed that means we need to change our methods." Vieira told ITV Sport. "I believe that the methods in English haven't changed as much as the game has changed.

"I heard some comments about there being too many foreigners in the country, that that is why there is no chance for the English players to have a chance to play in the first team.

"But for me that is the comment everybody wants to hear.

"The truth is (we need to ask) how can we help the young players to develop? How do we give them the best tools for them to improve?

"The problem is deeper than just saying there are too many foreigners. I think this is a deeper problem."

The 37-year old World Cup winner took over his new role at City during the summer and is in charge of the club's under-21 squad which compete in the Premier Under-21 league as well as the newly-formed UEFA Youth League.

But Vieira has made it clear that his main aim is to develop the players through to the first-team squad and is not overly concentrated about winning the competitions.

"At this age and this level you win and lose, but both ways there is so much to take from it," the Frenchman added. "What is important for the boys is for them to believe in themselves and express themselves.

"If you make a mistake, that is a way of developing. When you lose a game it is because you did something wrong, but (it is about) how can you learn from that so you don't repeat it.

"We have to believe in the philosophy we want to put in place.

"We have to give them time to develop and learn and make mistakes. It is more important than to develop them just to win games.

"They are good players and it is about giving them the confidence to express themselves.

"I want them to be brave, to play. The time for them to make a mistake is now, not when they are in the first team."

Several of England's most promising players in the past have failed to progress from the country's youth sides to the full international team.

Players such as Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi and Ciaran Clark were all capped at England under-20 and under-21 level but decided to allegiances after failing to be called-up to the main side.


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