Grant wrote: Squidgy wrote:
Absolute madness. Probably the best bunch of players we've had in yonks, lead by a second rate manager. Again. The FA are a joke.
Most of the players were absolutely fucking shit at the Euros. Maybe that's an issue that needs addressing.
If these players are the best bunch we've had in years, and, on paper, I tended to agree before the tournament started, why were they all, to a man, abysmal?
The issue isn't necessarily just down to the manager as we've had world class managers (Sven, Fabio) in the past who have also failed to progress the national side. There are some deep seated issue in the English game and psyche of those players which could benefit from someone of the calibre of Big Sam as national boss.
It's not like the players arent playing amongst the best players in the world nor managed by the best managers in the world. Generally speaking the starting XI at the Euros were all first choice at their respective clubs. However, when they come together for England they simply do not respect each other. You do not get that in other major nations, nor even in some of the smaller nations.
The difference being, imo, is that our players need to be playing overseas, they need to be experiencing different cultures/leagues. They need a bigger picture view But, that is not going to happen if you're content to be paid ridiculous sums of money to often sit on the bench at a big club.
How many top young English players are wanted by Real, Barca, Juve, etc? If someone comes knocking their current club waves another £ 50k in their direction and the players agent says "stay boy, you've got it made".
Lets stop inflating the ego's of the young such as Rashford, Alli, Sterling and let them develop before paying them the earth and for them to sit on their laurels. I hope a Real and Barca comes in for Dele Alli and he jumps at the chance because it would not only do him the world of good but also the national team.
Lets stop looking inwards ffs.