Gerrard: England must improve

Published Add your comment

Football News

Steven Gerrard is hoping a youth football coaching revolution will help England solve their possession problem after their Euro 2012 exit.

Roy Hodgson's side struggled to keep the ball at this summer's tournament - only Greece and Ireland had less possession - before they crashed out on penalties at the quarter-final stage to Cesare Prandelli's Italy.

But Gerrard is hopeful that his side's inability to keep hold of the ball will be solved by new coaching methods - and the sooner, the better.

"The education of the young kids is vital," said Gerrard. "But I hope it doesn't take 10 years. I hope we're good enough to improve and bridge the gap with these big teams before that."

Against Italy, England were powerless to stop Andrea Pirlo and the rest of Prandelli's midfield from dictating the tempo of the match, and Gerrard is hopeful that a renewed effort to encourage youth coaching can help address the problem.

The imminent opening of St Georges Park, the FA's new coaching centre of excellence, will help, and the facility is designed to rival Europe's top academies, with the eventual goal of aiding England's quest to finally overcome their major tournament hoodoo.

The coaching centre opens this autumn, while England begin their World Cup qualification campaign for Brazil 2014 against Moldova on September 7. Roy Hodgson's side first contest a prestige friendly against Euro 2012 conquerors Italy on August 15, and their first home qualification match is against fellow Group D opponents Ukraine on September 11.

But looking to the long-term, the England captain is banking on a new philosophy for his side - one which stresses the importance of retaining possession rather than frittering it away, and one that gives the Three Lions the best possible chance of success in the future.

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

Steven Gerrard

Article Comments

Read more

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


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. 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