Sorensen - England underachieve
Thomas Sorensen believes that England should be causing more ripples on the international stage.
Last Updated: 09/02/11 9:05am
Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen believes that England should be causing more ripples on the international stage with their quality and pool of talent.
The Premier League is regarded as one of the best leagues in the world and there are some world class players in Fabio Capello's current England squad.
However, England always seem to qualify for major tournaments with relative ease, something Sorensen has noted, only to fall flat on their faces on the big stage.
The Three Lions were tipped to impress in South Africa, but they limped through the group stages before being put to the sword by nemesis Germany in the second round.
"England have always had really good players - absolutely world class," said Sorensen, whose Denmark side face England on Wednesday.
"As a team, you look at them player by player and they are only behind Spain and Brazil, and England belong to a group of eight to 10 countries capable of winning the World Cup next time.
"England always go through easily in the qualifying stages but maybe the players are tired when they get to the World Cup and European Championships in the summer after the long and very hard English season.
"They just never seem to deliver what people - and themselves - expect."
Sorensen has been in England for the past 13 years having joined Sunderland in 1998 and he feels that perhaps the long and tough Premier League campaign takes it toll on the players.
"I always follow England. I've lived there a long time, for 13 years, watch them on TV, follow them and wish them the best - England has become a bit of a second country," he continued.
"It's always difficult to analyse from the outside, I wasn't close to it but there's been a lot of talk about the long English season and maybe a few players were burnt out a bit.
"You can't really tell though and I'll let Capello analyse it. It ends up being a long season but I still feel that the World Cup is such a big thing that you can gather resources to get through it. But it didn't seem to gel.
"We had our problems with injuries and a lot of players not being on form, but on paper that shouldn't have been the case with England."