England must take lessons from Germany

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In 1996, former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen's made a famous critic of Manchester United's team in 1996 saying: 'you can't win anything with kids.' 17 years on, the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona have all proved this theory wrong.

At club level, it seems inevitable that it is always easier to bring in young players compared to international level. After England's defeat to Chile, the expected backlash was hardly a shock. 

It's that time of year for any England fan. The road to the World Cup through the qualification stages is a bumpy road, hardly a walk through a park but they'll usually get there eventually. 

Once they qualify, the false expectations loom. The likes of international players and managers such as Juan Mata and Cesare Prandelli all claiming England can win the World Cup next year in Brazil, helplessly adding the pressure to what already is an enormous task, it's impossible for England fans and players alike to stay grounded.

The foolishness of trying to take the game to Chile from the start demonstrated the immaturity of this English side. Forget the debutants such as Lallana, Rodriguez, and Forster. They didn't lose the match due to those three debutants. Although big names were missing, this English side still had experienced internationals with the likes of Lampard, Cahill, Johnson, Rooney and Milner. 

With the likes of Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil all posing dreadful tests for England, those are arguably four teams undoubtedly better then England. They each have a blend of experience and fresh blood to excite. Taking Brazil for example, they have the spine of Thiago Silva, Alvez, Gustavo, Neymar and Hulk. But with the talents of Oscar and Bernard adding some brilliance here and there they have a more then capable side to win the World Cup. 

England's next opponents, Germany, are in fantastic shape for the 2014 World Cup. Although Sami Khedira is likely to miss it, they're strength in depth should cover it with no problem. If we rewind back to the last World Cup in South Africa, Joachim Low took a massive risk. He picked the likes of Ozil (21), Muller (21) and Kroos (20) who were relatively inexperienced, although they were part of a 2009 side who won the U-21 European Championships.

Others such as Boateng and Khedira were a bit older at 23, but at international level, still a young side. Only three players of that whole World Cup squad were over 30, which is quite a contrast that England may have at the approaching World Cup with players such as Carrick, Lampard, Gerrard, Cole, Jagielka and Lambert. 

As many will know, Germany were one of the best teams in that World Cup, reaching the semi-finals and narrowly losing to Spain in the 73rd minute. Many tipped them from that point on to flourish in the coming years and not much has changed since. Those young players who were at the last World Cup are now experienced and some of the best in the world. They are all playing for some of the best clubs in the world and they'll be more then determined to make a statement next year. With the likes of Gotze, Draxler and the Bender brothers in reserve, they have a fantastic squad to last the tournament.

So why don't England try this? It's clear that the young talent is there. The FA chairman, Gregg Dyke has even said that he doesn't believe England pose a chance at the tournament. So why doesn't Roy Hodgson build for the future? It's difficult to answer, but you can't look past the pride as a nation to stick with what is left of the 'Golden Generation.' It's a shame from an English perspective, as it would be great to the likes of Barkley, Townsend, Chamberlain and Wilshere take on the best in the world without fear, without the inevitable backlash that will strike the English side once they get knocked out. 

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