English football has been blessed with superstars that have plied their trade in the Premier League and the other major leagues around the world, but for some reason the highly-paid and extremely talented English players have failed to replicate their form on the international stage as a cohesive unit.
We have witnessed time and again either England failing to qualify for major tournaments - such as Euro 2008 - or falling short of expectations, like at the 2010 World Cup.
England’s international woes have generally been attributed to the lack of cohesion within the squad, as many players lack the instinctive understanding between each other to know when and where a player would like a ball played.
The present England squad, however, has one thing going for it as a large contingent of the English squad play together at Manchester United.
Players including Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones all represent England and play for Manchester United.
Cleverley, in a recent interview, stated the comforts of having a good understanding amongst the players. He said “It is good that we all know each other and how each other play. It is good for Manchester united as well that there is a good core of English players who are doing well.”
If England continue to play with a squad consisting of players primarily from one or two major Premier League clubs, similar to Spain where Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two major contributors of the national squad, the England fans can expect to see some of the fluent breath-taking football they are used to watching week-in and week-out in the Premier League.
A spot in the England squad can never be guaranteed, but with competition for places comes the need to improve, benefiting both club and country.
All the England team requires is time for the players to gel and develop a good understanding and the right results will soon come - just as Spain are now reaping the benefits of a prolonged run of a similar squad of players.
Who knows, maybe somewhere down the line England fans will be watching their team come out on top in major international tournaments.
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