After two dismal performances from both the under-21s and full national side, British football has, once again, come under frivolous scrutiny from the press and the public, but with over 47 years without a trophy, why do we expect so much from our national sides?
According to most papers you read the Premier League is the strongest league in world football at the moment, and with this accolade, our national side should follow, no? Sadly, not!
A mere 34 per cent of players in the Premier League are British, which Roy Hodgson has had no issues expressing that this is a major problem for team selection.
The fact that there are so many foreign players in the Premier League at the moment, is not due to the fact that young continental footballers are born better players than most British kids, it's the coaching they receive at a young age.
In England, kids' football is focused around winning things, which in most cases is a feeble attempt by managers to fill an empty void in their egos, allowing them to tell their mates down the pub that their under-8's team just won the league and how great they played!
But in reality all they did was stick the biggest kid in the middle of the pitch, the fastest kids on the wings and the strongest kids at the back and all game long they launched the ball to the biggest kid on the pitch and ran through everyone and scored eight goals, leaving the more technical players, normally the smallest and weakest, on the bench.
But when the kid who scored 40 goals when he was 10, isn't playing at a professional level at age 16, everyone is in an uproar. But the simple fact is by the time you turn 16 you've done most of you're growing and so everyone is on the same physical level as one another, so the only thing the coaches can go on is technical ability but because no one coached him properly when he was younger, so his ability on the ball is sub par.
Which is the case in most English youth teams, if we want to be performing at World Cups and European Championships the FA needs to reconsider how kid's football is coached.
Starting off with educating our coaches, secondly, kids football up until the age of about 16 should be non competitive, this should in theory allow the coaches not to focus on winning things and let them improve on the players own technical ability and the way they play as a team.
The other thing wrong with the England team at the moment is we have no set style of play, if you look at the key teams in world football, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil each of them you can associate a set style of football, but with England there is no style.
We would be better if we stuck Andy Carroll up front and knocked long balls into him all game, it's not the most glamorous style but at least then we would know what kind of football we would be playing and adjust our team around it.
In general English football, in the way it's taught and played needs a lot of improvement, which will take time to fix but the FA must reconsider many things before the national side will be challenging for trophies.
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