The England National Football team, from senior to the lower levels, are frustrating, average and addictive.
Every qualification campaign and international tournament establishes the same debate throughout the land. Are we good enough to win a World Cup or a European Championship?
The recent qualification results imply we are not.
Recently, manager England lacked quality against Germany’s ‘B’ team. The statistics imply that England were outplayed by a mediocre team in possession, total passes, completed passes, tackles, tackles success and crosses.
Moreover, the failure to win away against the “more established” nations in qualification for the World Cup such as Montenegro and Poland in competitive group matches reiterates the desecration of England’s elite football status in the world. Results do not lie.
Yet, England’s footballing woes cannot be solely accredited to the senior national team. The lower age teams, coaches and even the Premier League teams and their academies share responsibility.
Former England Under 21 manager Stuart Pearce has previously highlighted the flawed structure of the national setup andcriticised the reluctance of younger players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones to represent the U21s once they become full internationals.
Pearce’s perspective on the lower setup of English football is presumably shared by coaches and the Football Association board. However, no alterations will materialise, largely due to the arrogance of Premier League clubs.
The failure to realise gifted England youngsters has hindered the competitive and technical development of the under 18s, 19s, 20s and 21s. Again, results do not lie.
In the past two years, both the under 20s and 21s have failed to emerge from their groups in a major championship whereas nations such as Spain, Italy and even Serbia have achieved success in lower major championships.
The only way England can heal the gaping wound of national team failure is if the senior team spectacularly implodes.
The national team has fractured before but the failure has to be so severe that a foreign manager cannot be introduced to cover the cracks. This failure will not allow the FA to administer a sedative to the national team or its fans.
The 2014 World Cup could be the moment when national side fails. The matches against Italy and Uruguay could show England as an average team .
At this present time, England is on the precipices of disaster. However, in typical fashion wins by the senior team against established and quality nations will once again bury the problems............. for the time being.
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