That’s been happening for 50 year hasn’t it if we were to believe his statement.
Well I watched all of the England games and other matches and the conclusion I have come to is that David James is deluded!
Owen Hargreaves was spot on when he said that England were not good enough.
I probably sound like a broken record by now but I have always maintained that English footballers cannot play under pressure and in tight areas.
They won’t pass the ball to players who are marked, especially deep in their own half and centre backs cannot bring the ball out with confidence.
Gareth Southgate made all the right noises before the tournament about playing from the back but how stupid does that really sound?
If you were talking about 8 or 9 year olds, that statement would be perfect but we are talking about professional footballers here!
What exactly have these players been doing for the past 13 odd years at the academies?
It beggars belief that these players don’t know how to play football from the back but need to be taught at this late age.
They shouldn’t be professional footballers if that is the case.
The England Under 21 central midfield was just a hard working basic unit who was better of stifling the opposition than creating anything themselves.
Why are the English managers, coaches and all those involved in the game in this country from grass roots football to the professional game so scared to play maverick players or even develop maverick players who are cocky, arrogant and self assured on and off the ball?
We will put someone like Jordan Henderson over Adam Lallana, David Batty over Matt Le Tissier, Bryan Robson over Glenn Hoddle.
I would have built teams around Hoddle, Le Tissier and now Wilshire and Lallana.
I can pick up hard working, strong tacklers any day of the week at every club.
In a previous article I said that if the Brazilians, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho had been English, they would never have played together in the same national team.
Too lazy, don’t track back, too many tricks, unbalance the side and all the usual garbage that comes from managers in this country.
The F.A has now appointed Dan Ashworth to look at how to basically make England a success. He talks about having a system of play that is consistent throughout different age groups and also the need for more teams to have competition experience.
However he has basically missed out on the most fundamental point as he has been quoted as saying, ‘“This is not The FA telling people what to do, telling clubs what to do or to say how to produce and develop players. This is for us to set down some of the things we believe in and will help produce senior international players.’
Coaching and development is core to success not having 60 plus caps for your country.
David Beckham has 100 plus caps for his country, has played in Champions league final, won endless medals for clubs but he didn’t suddenly turn into Zinedine Zidane or Messi with all those!
So if the F.A are reading this, or any Academy coaches or any coach for that matter, if you want to produce highly technical football players who have that ‘X’ factor about them then:
COACH PLAYERS TO PLAY IN TIGHT AREAS.
MAKE 1V1 2V2 3V3 YOUR CORE COACHING PLAN.
LET THEM EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND ALLOW MISTAKES.
A ROUTE INTO THE PROFESSIONAL GAME
Whenever anyone talks about becoming a professional, they immediately think about the Premier League.
With today’s money in the game and the lack of chances English players get, along with the pressure on Managers for instant success, the chances of breaking through are almost nonexistent.
Recently I have been watching the MLS on television and I can honestly say it is rubbish to put it mildly.
The MLS contains a lot of athletes who are strong, powerful and extremely fit but the majority of them seem to be ‘brain dead’ when it comes to playing the game of football.
So to any budding player, get yourself fit and strong and approach one of the teams in the MLS. Send them a video of you playing if you have to because if you have half a brain and the physical attributes, I can see you getting into most of those teams.
Don’t believe me, then simply watch the MLS and you’ll be chomping at the bit.
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT CENTRES
Parents need to sometimes take a reality check and not be duped into having their child associated with a professional football club.
There are Development Centres popping up all over the country affiliated to professional clubs and parents get duped into joining them.
Most of these centres are run in the community and the coaches are part time and it is run more as a business than a feeder for the Academies.
If you go on the internet you will find all sorts of companies offering the riches into football.
Because they lure you in like a drug and they pull on your emotions just like a lottery ticket.
If you believe your son or daughter is good enough to be involved with an Academy, simply approach them directly.
Also make sure they are either in an Academy or a Colts set up which is associated to the club and is run by full time staff who are part of the Academy coaching set up.
Development centres are money making schemes, they never existed years ago, they don’t need to exist now so just use your brain.