There has been a huge problem with English football for many years now, this problem is England struggle to create world class stars in abundance, in comparison to other top nations that we once competed with.
There is no doubt that England can create top players like Jack Wilshere, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but these type of players are rare in this era.
A handful of young stars get tagged to be a huge star when they develop on and off the field and this is done at a very young age. However, these predictions are very rare to materialise into the huge star that they are expected to be.
So, what’s the reason? Personally I believe that the reason most young English players don’t materialise into huge stars, is because from a very young age a huge amount of pressure is put on their shoulders to succeed and be a future England star.
In comparison to other countries like Germany and Spain the players that are recognised to be a future star don’t receive as much media attention so they have less pressure.
An English player's every footstep is under scrutiny from the public and media. In 2007 the Daily Mail predicted this to be the starting line-up for the 2014 World Cup:
Ben Amos (GK) Sam Hutchinson (RB) Micah Richards (CB) Gavin Hoyte (CB) Robbie Threlfall (LB) Dean Parrett (CM) Michael Johnson (CM) James Henry (CM) Theo Walcott (RW) Jose Baxter (ST) Scott Sinclair (LW)
As you can see from the picture that there will be only one or two players from the predicted team going to the World Cup. This shows that the players that are tipped to be England’s next stars struggle to handle the pressure, but at the same time the young players that are in contention to go to the 2014 World Cup slipped under the radar, had no pressure, and have excelled.
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