England need a new approach

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The English national team are perennial underachievers in modern football. They often go to tournaments full of hope and promise only for their fans to be disgruntled and heartbroken. They always seem to come up short in major tournaments.

No one quite knows exactly what has plagued the English national team but one thing is for certain though – they have top players.

England's accomplishment came when they hosted and won the World Cup in 1966. They can do better and current boss Roy Hodgson needs to dramatically change things. A different approach is needed.

The manager should make dramatic changes to the squad with the old guard replaced. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerard, John Terry and Ashley Cole should give way for new players and the captain’s armband should be handed to Wayne Rooney.

Apart from age catching up to the old, more experienced players, they are the reason England always play under pressure. Because they come to the England team with huge names and reputations, they are immediately put under pressure by the fans to produce results.

Hodgson should give players like Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Leighton Baines regular first-team play. He should also build the team around Rooney.

Rooney should be his anchorman and Captain. Hodgson should have faith in those aforementioned players and allow them to play freely.

The English team needs a new and fresh mentality. Drop the experienced players, it has been tried and ultimately yielded no results.

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