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Time for change

Time for change

Skysports.com's Chris Harvey puts forward his five-point plan for transforming England's international fortunes.

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Gary Lewis-forster (West Ham United fan) says...

to be honest the current england team lacked passion pride and drive. the players couldnt care less. if you replaced these over priced idiots with players from the championship ect. i guarentee they would play a much better game of football. because they would have the drive and passion that premiership players lack. lets stop letting these well known so called world class players represent their country and start looking at the unknown instead.

Posted 12:13 30th June 2010

Danny Wise (Leeds United fan) says...

You can overhaul everything you like in the national game from top to bottom. But until the players have the hunger to perform like their lives depend on it, then it will all be for nothing once again.

Posted 11:40 30th June 2010

Danny Wise (Leeds United fan) says...

I think its about time the players took the blame for their poor performances year in year out. If wearing the 3 lions on your shirt doesnt inspire a player to give 100% everytime he steps on the field, regardless of how talented he is, then he should not even be considered for selection. What struck me in this world cup was an apparent lack of passion and desire. With respect to teams, squads and players past who maybe havent been as talented as this squad, we have performed better in the past cos the passion and the desire to perform for their country was evident and that sort of spirit and drive was sadly lacking this last week or 2.

Posted 11:33 30th June 2010

Seb Franklin (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Its about time. We drop some of the egoistic players such as Lampard, Gerrard, Terry all old players and overrated. We need new blood in the England side who can fill in those positions for England. Right now England doesnt have a pstriker competing with Rooney who is english aprt from Defoe, Bent, Zamora or Crouch. If England can get young english blood into the side and compete against the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany you name it then it would be fantastic.

Posted 11:22 30th June 2010

Ben Parker (Manchester United fan) says...

Try telling die-hard England fans to 'forget' Euro 2012, good luck ..........

Posted 11:17 30th June 2010

David Taylor (Leeds United fan) says...

The difference between the English game and most of the rest of the world is to do with how we select. Most of the world is concerned with ability on the ball and intelligence off it in order to play possesion. They select that way and try to put energy strength and speed to the brains. The English game has always been concerned with energy and effort. Mistakes were always abundant and our football exciting but not world beating except in clubs that harnessed the european ideal. scouts/coaches always seem to look for youngsters running round with an abundance of energy. They look impressive when younger but rarely do these have the brains. Youngsters with brains rarely have to run around against most players at that age. Before the influx of foreigners our youth development could not fill the first division with quality and the lower divisions were completely full of high energy long ball football. The product of this selection forms the players, coaches and ultimately managers of today. hence the pitifull quantity of English managers in europes elite and the champions league as a whole. They then select on the same basis. As far as world cups are concerned we have to ease the burden on our players during those seasons and allow them some proper rest The next stages of international development are from our youth so the team is already in place ie. Fabio capello and stuart Pearce. Possibly the best to revamp Britain as a whole would be Arsene Wenger but that would be a shame as he demonstrates now were we should be aiming for

Posted 09:55 30th June 2010

Ed Fletcher (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan) says...

For anything to work in this country at international you have to get rid of the FA and the officials within this organisation.They are not real football people and dont understand the issues as to what it takes to build a successful national team.For to long the FA have only been appointing national team managers who fit the old school tie brigade and say all the answers that they want to hear, they don't want a manager who will challenge them at their decisions,and tell them them the truth..A certain Brian Clough comes to mind as to why he never got the managers job, because he told the truth,and this is what they don't want.Just look at how many managers they have chosen over the years and produced nothing,surely someone has to to take the blame at the FA,but they just wash t.heir hands of all blame. They talk about new training facilities and centres of excellence in my opinion its deeper than that,players have to get fit first to benefit from these centres,take a look at gareth barry on sunday for someone on 120k a month his level of fitness was a disgrace.That came down to basic endurance cardiovascular training which he did not have....i could go on and on but nothing will change.In four years time i will be hearing about 1966 and footballs coming home....give me a break please.....

Posted 09:07 30th June 2010

John Trusler (Eastbourne Borough fan) says...

The England team will never do anything worthwhile until we deal with the problem of long-standing regular selection players believing they are indispensible and able to put their opinions above the Manager. We have had a string of Managers who have lost their job to the whims of so-called star players. The poor form of such players is more related to their egos. They should produce their best form as a matter of pride and take direction with gratitude for their selection.

Posted 09:07 30th June 2010

Gary Owen says...

I agree wholeheartedly with the observations above of Bill Hayton (Carlisle fan). Unless we drastically increase the number of English players in the premiership any other actions that are taken will be like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. I suspect that the main obstructors to this proposal will be the European Union, FIFA, and the club chairmen, so 2 actions need to be taken - firstly, excape from the EU (as a country we need to do this anyway because we would immediately save our direct contribution of £8 billion a yea)r. Secondly, if no action is taken by next year boycott all televised football and do not attend matches next season. It is amazing how much a reduction in income will concentrate peoples' minds. If enough fans are determined to take action we will make some progress

Posted 09:03 30th June 2010

Chris Hibbert (Southampton fan) says...

I have to say that whilst I agree with most of the points in the article (particularly about the amount of foreign players), I find the suggestion that Arsene Wenger is the answer to England's footballing problems a massive contradiction. Is Wenger not one of the biggest culprits for casting aside, or ignoring altogether, young English talent in favour of going abroad and picking up these semi-developed young footballers to take their places at Arsenal's Academy?! Yes, they are fantastic to watch. Yes, they play football the "proper way" and yes, Wenger does develop young players well. But while the football is entertaining, I'm sure Arsenal fans would be the first to admit that it is not always a winning team that they watch - and is this not where this whole debate is coming from? The fact that England are not winning? Pretty football that delivers no result is not that much better than ugly football that produces no result. Or maybe I'm missing the point...

Posted 09:01 30th June 2010

Graham Taylor (Manchester United fan) says...

With regard to both article and the World Cup games, England were dreadful at best, disgraceful most of the time. We are really in the second division these days. Our football is in the same class as our Davis Cup Tennis ¿ lowest league. The whole lot of them should be asamed, Capello and his crew included. - must be sacked with his retinue of non-deliverers and failures. There has to be a move to limit the numbers of non-English players in our Premiership and a salary cap otherwise I believe the national game and England are done for. I am sorry to say despite being a subsciber, a lot of this is Sky¿s fault with the millions it 'eeks' out of the Premiership etc, closely followed by FIFA who are the equivalent of football Luddites when it comes to technology. There was a stata yesterday ¿ 34000 UEFA qualified caches in Germany and 2500 in England! What does that say about our game. Also the Germans have integrated their imported labour workers ¿Turks and East Europeans ¿into their football stock with real results. We are so far behind in ideas it¿s staggering. Time for a clearout of all the old guard/ex players who run and speak for the game. But fundamentally we have to integrate young English lads (of all background and ethnic) into the top teams, and be forced to do so. I think Ferguson is the only manager truly committed to doing this. The other thing is it¿s time for a British team I¿m sure so we use the odd Irish/Welsh lad and use some homegrown stock properly coached over time. Time for a revolution.

Posted 08:52 30th June 2010

James Anderson (Birmingham City fan) says...

Completely agree we need to change from the grass roots up but this is somthing that will take at least 5/10 years before we start to notice any real improvement. I think we should put a cap on foreign players, but that will mean the quality of the premier league will drop dramatically so I can't blame them for not wanting the change to happen.

Posted 05:53 30th June 2010

Robert Brown (Arsenal fan) says...

I agree with Bergkamp. I've seen the value in the Dutch system and attempted to implement on a U-12 club team here in the states. Unfortunately, our parents' entitlement issues here have undermined coaching authority in many respects (not least of all my own). I'd love to see the Dutch system introduced to American's at some point. I've seen players who have the capacity and talent to implement it. We have the ability to compete with perennial contenders in the WC. I just want someone to wake us up and get back to what the US used to do best... Excel by learning from other's successes and failures.

Posted 03:55 30th June 2010

P Jones (Manchester City fan) says...

The problem with English football is the speed and the strength required in our top league. This results in youth teams picking players that have reached puberty earlier or are perhaps developing quicker than other more technically gifted players. We bring through too many athletes and ignore the weak or slow 13-14 year old kids who have a nice touch but cant keep up or get bullied on the pitch. Let me ask you, would Xavi, Fabregas or Iniesta be employed as footballers if they had been born in England? They all had natural talent but in their early teens when they were small and scrawny, our youth teams would have gone for young Emile instead, 14 years old, 6 foot 2 and 13 stone... Fabregas would have been working in Gregs if he'd been born here. We need to invest in players that may not be strong enough or ready to play in a high tempo ,tough, first team until they reach late teens or early twenties and are ready. This way we will have less players like Theo Walcott, the guy who's basically a 100 metre runner but knows how to play football a little. Thanks for reading.

Posted 02:03 30th June 2010

Dan Young (Rangers fan) says...

As a level 2 coach i have long advocated for a junior league football season to run from March to October This will at least give kids a chance of playing in better weather therefore hopefully seeing their skill level increase on playable pitches instead of kids from 7 to 16 struggle to cope on unplayable surfaces as happens on numerous occasions throughout Britain. It has been put forward many tines for the F.A. to change the format of junior league football to one similar to Holland,Spain,etc. bring in 4v4,5v5,6v6 and so on from the age of 7 with every session being geared towards ball skills,control,passing,dribbling and turning with and without the ball. Instead of which you will see at any time kids being instructed by people who run junior teams to jog across the pitch or lap the pitch 2 or 3 times. Kids of 7,8 or 9 will be naturally fit anyway and practicsing ball skills will enhance their well being. I already wrote about this a couple of days ago where i stated that government money has got to be invested in ,not just football,but all sport that is participated in in this country. The blazers at the F.A., County F.A.s in this country will come out after a showing such as Englands and state how much radical change is needed and not just the F.A the S.F.A. come out with the same rhetoric but when in all honestly does the public ever really see any progress from these sporting bodies. Until there is a shake up in both these Associations British football will just stagnate. The reason? They want to be seen to be F.A,S.F.A. commitee members without a great of movement for change. I would like to ask Sky Sports to put a proposal to the F.A.or County F.A.s for a junior league season to start March,end October and let us see the response. That would be interesting.

Posted 01:21 30th June 2010

Miket Buraier (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

This is what the english game needs! These are the options we need to be debating in the media- not who the next manager is going to be. A charasmatic figure is needed in the FA. THESE TOPICS NEED TO BE PURSUED- OTHERWISE THE PROBLEM WILL BE FORGOTTEN UNTIL THE NEXT BIG TOURNAMENT WHEN WE FAIL TO IMPRESS AGAIN. The premier league season will distract everyone, media, public and the players- LETS GET THESE POINTS OUT NOW

Posted 01:02 30th June 2010

Miket Buraier (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

This is what the english game needs! These are the options we need to be debating in the media- not who the next manager is going to be. A charasmatic figure is needed in the FA. THESE TOPICS NEED TO BE PURSUED- OTHERWISE THE PROBLEM WILL BE FORGOTTEN UNTIL THE NEXT BIG TOURNAMENT WHEN WE FAIL TO IMPRESS. The premier league season will distract everyone, media, public and the players- LETS GET THESE POINTS OUT NOW

Posted 01:00 30th June 2010

Brendon Jones (Manchester United fan) says...

Very quickly i think this article hit the nail on the head with one particular point, strengthening coaching in early years football. But I think it is important that the majority of sport is run from schools with committed and qualified sports coaches. Competition is vitally important even at such as young age and i think the UK has to bring a competitive atmosphere back in to sports at school level. My own PE teacher at school used to say to us when football was supposed to be part of the curriculum "no we're not going outside today it's raining, we'll play basketball instead" and i have heard and suspect that this very attitude is prominant throughout many schools in UK. Children need to LEARN the game at school without a doubt. Secondly David Cumberbatch in the comments section highlights another vitally important point. The FA faces a number of serious challenges to its authority in the Premier League, the football league, the PFA, the LMA, etc on top of individuals stars in players and manager having their say when they feel like it. Rather than scrapping other bodies, SCRAP THE FA and HAND THE AUTHROITY & RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE.

Posted 00:51 30th June 2010

Robert Frost (Aston Villa fan) says...

I was only talking about the MAJOR problems about the development of talent in this country...and not just football. England or even the UK has a major issue with development of people. Issues are rife from early age, never at any point of my childhood was sport psychology brought into schools to work on the mental side of sports or in my case Music Performance in front of an Audience (Stage Fright). Unless this is rectified, the mental side of things will always be an issue. Schools do not teach how to win, they teach pretty much everything but. My Cricket Matches were a good example of a poor teachers not showing us the mental knack of winning, possibly because they didn't know either. I find these issue not just the only problem. Why teach religion in secondary schools when children are being "conditioned" for adult life...why not try to develop a particular talent rather than this pointless exercise...religion is a family based lesson. There are many issues which attribute the reason why this country WILL NEVER produce a player of the class of Lionel Messi, Ronaldo or David Villa....I think the issues are very very deep routed and will never be able to be sorted. Our sports stars dont have the chance to be world class sports stars and neither do they need to be when earning astronomical wages for being second class stars. The best ones can play in any team NOT just there club.

Posted 00:50 30th June 2010

Steve Fletcher (Leicester City fan) says...

I don't think that the problems are as deep as are being suggested here. The main issue is more simple, that is as a nation we care more about our domestic leagues than the international set up and the same can be said of our players. Carragher said in his book he would rather miss a penalty for England than Liverpool, players use the slightest niggle to pull out of international friendlies and fans jeer our own players because of club rivalries. I dont think we can have it both ways. Our domestic league is the most physically arduous league in the world and we demand that it stays this way, this is our bread and butter as it is played week in and week out. We all love hanging our England flags outside our houses and belting out the national anthem when a big tournament comes around but for most it plays second fiddle to their club loyalties. Brazil, Argentina and Germany, the 3 most successful international teams, place far more importance on the national team and their domestic leagues suffer for it. We will not be a dominating force on the international stage until the imbalance between international and domestic is addressed and when it comes down to it most people would not want it to. We will always be competitive, it is our national sport and we will continue to produce top players, I just hope in future we can build a team rather than have a collective of individuals.

Posted 00:22 30th June 2010

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