England's recent success can honestly only be summed up in one word- disappointing.
Whilst England host one of the top, if not the top league in the world, the national team have been lacking not only in triumphs, but also performances, shown particularly in FIFA's recent rankings.
Qualifying for the World Cup should not be an achievement but just a given, things need to change if anyone wants to see England win a World Cup in this generation.
Despite their recent performances, England do have a handful of possible wonderkids.
Names like Will Hughes, Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Ross Barkley, Ravel Morrison, Raheem Sterling and Wilfred Zaha fill the glass of younger youth prospects, whereas Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck are two of the 'in development' youths.
However, this is not enough, as they cover mostly only one part of the field, the midfield, with only Welbeck and Shaw outside of the second third.
One way England could improve in the future is investing in a new manager.
Although I believe that choosing an English manager would be the best thing to do, at the moment that is not an option because of the lack of World Cup winning quality in current England managers.
England need to invest in a top quality foreign manager with title winning experience.
At the moment, one vacant name comes to mind, Roberto Di Matteo, who has a Champions League and an FA Cup under his belt, so has experience of success.
The next couple of years could possibly see England legends Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard possibly go into management, as they are both very intelligent and tactically aware players, who could both qualify for the England job.
In my opinion, I believe the most influential thing England as a nation could do, and the most important thing England need to do is take note of Spain and Germany and revolutionise the youth system and youth projects in England.
Spain and Germany's youth systems in the recent past are very similar, as they scrapped all their youth projects and started from square one, prioritising their own country's youth over its league.
The most famous example out of the two countries is La Masia in Barcelona, revolutionised by Johan Cruyff.
The youth academy has brought most famously Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandes, and Gerard Pique, who all currently play for the club attached to the academy.
Germany have raised Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, and Marco Reus, and have invested around £600m into youth academies and scouting.
England need to learn from this because not only will it give England international football success, but also bring success for the country as a whole, bringing in extensive tourism, and possibly even another world cup.
The final way England could possibly gain world cup success is a mixture of sending home grown players abroad, but also keeping the international bias in the top teams especially at a high.
Top English players need to start travelling abroad to Europe's top leagues because the style of English football is very different to the style played by other international teams and leagues, so moving abroad could bring a new and needed change to the physical game of England, because it doesn't match the build-up play styles of Spain, Italy, and Germany.
The top teams also need to prioritise English players over foreign ones because at the moment the international bias is a very low percentage compared to foreign teams, even Athletic Bilbao only have players born in the Basque region of Spain.
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