Football

.

Glenn Hoddle created England's last good football team

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

England’s limp defeat to Iceland last week has once again sparked debate about the reasons behind it and their poor form in the competition.

Pundits and fans alike have been scathing about England’s lack of passion, tactical awareness and leadership with both the players and Roy Hodgson coming under severe criticism.

There have been suggestions for who should replace the hapless Hodgson after he resigned minutes after the Iceland loss, with plenty of names being discussed.

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

One of those rumoured to be in contention is former England coach Glenn Hoddle, who was last in charge at the France 1998 World Cup.

Since then, England’s so-called golden generation have failed to live up to expectations and their horrific Euro 2016 exit is a brand new low.

Article continues below

Many have argued that Hoddle was in charge of England’s last good team and believe he could be the man to rejuvenate a team so devoid of confidence, ability and mental strength at international level.

We’ve put together some of the reasons behind England’s last good team.

Exceptional tactics

Glenn Hoddle’s tactical awareness was clear to see during the World Cup 18 years ago. He was and still is regarded as a visionary by pundits and colleagues alike and a highly respected figure in the game.

His use of the 3-5-2 formation during the World Cup was designed to maintain the right balance of attack and defence and meant that England could pack the midfield areas and reduce the space for opposing players. The tactics were simple and each player knew their job.

Glenn Hoddle

In the infamous game against Argentina, England not only defended well but were also a threat. After 90 minutes and despite being one man down, England were able to take the game to extra time.

The players also seemed comfortable with the change of circumstances and managed well despite the setback. Something that this current group of players appear unable to do and Roy Hodgson's tactical ineptitude did not help.

Confidence of the players

Compared to the current squad, the players seemed comfortable wearing the England shirt in the late 1990's and weren't weighed down by expectation.

Some of the players had also taken part in a successful Euro 96 two years earlier and carried that self-confidence into France 98. They not only believed in themselves but trusted each other.

1996 UEFA European Championships England v Netherlands

As a result, they worked well together and seemed calm and relaxed heading into each game throughout the tournament. The current crop in Euro 2016 showed their lack of poise and panicked in their defeat to Iceland, a stark contrast indeed.

Great squad balance

The France 98 squad was a bringing together of two generations. There were young talented players like Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Sol Campbell as well the more experienced Alan Shearer, Paul Ince, Tony Adams and David Seaman.

English players pose for the official team picture

The youth and enthusiasm of the young players blended well with the great experience of the older members of the squad and they complemented each other very well.

The current squad of players was one of the youngest in the tournament and as a result lacked the key experience to adapt when adversity struck against Iceland. As a result, many of them froze and as a result lost the game.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Alan Shearer
Tony Adams
England Football
David Seaman
Football
Premier League
Martin Keown

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again