As we all know, English football is hardly at an exciting time. The World Cup in Brazil is less than a year away and apart from the optimistic few, expectations over an English triumph in 2014 are very much doubted.
As an England fan, I myself find it hard to say that I think an England team will be victorious at a major international tournament. This isn't just because of the lack of talent we have on offer but also because of the amount of quality teams such as Spain and Germany have at their disposal.
Spain have won the last three major international tournaments: the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and then also the World Cup in 2010.
There is no denying that Spain has a truly phenomenal squad and the strength in depth that it possesses is scary to say the least.
I believe there is a reason that these Spanish players live up to expectations; yes, they do play in a very effective manor, but I believe it is because they have been bought up at their clubs in the best possible circumstances.
A large number of Spanish youngsters are coming from the famed academy of Barcelona. The academy players at Barcelona have a chance to prove themselves and gain some valuable experience at a decent standard of football in the Spanish second division.
They can play for Barcelona B, the reserve side that Barcelona have. This gives all of the youngsters a chance to play at a strong level before making the seemingly giant leap of the Barcelona first team. This gives young players a better chance of making it big and allows them to make small strides as opposed to making one giant step.
This could be why the Spanish players coming from the likes of Barcelona are so composed and quality. They have had a chance to turn their raw talent and abilities into something before playing at the highest level.
Cristian Tello is a prime example of a player that this has happened to. He was talked about as being one of the next big things and before rushing him into the Barcelona squad he was given time to harness his abilities and not lose all of his confidence in the Barcelona B squad.
He has since gone onto fit effortlessly into the squad of the Barcelona first team. Although not a regular starter every week, he still makes himself known and is considered a valuable member of the team.
I believe that if the English FA allowed the reserve teams of sides such as Manchester United and co an opportunity to do the same then it would allow for their already very talented youngsters to perhaps become even better.
This could allow for England to have players that have the composure and quality to win the big games. With time this could allow for England to become a strong force again and potentially win a major international tournament.
This article is to raise debate and I am interested in the views of anyone that reads it, so a comment left below of your opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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