So the World Cup in Brazil has been and gone in a flash. The thrills and spills of 2014 were dramatic and produced a number of different exciting highlights. From the razzmatazz and outfits of supporters off the pitch to the numerous vibrant skills on it, the World Cup did not disappoint.
As one time renowned goal scorer Gary Lineker most famously put it, 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win. As for England, they once again demonstrated that they could not perform at the highest level. With the European Championship qualifiers in full swing, their previous run saw the Three Lions reach the Quarter Finals. This was of course before being beaten on penalties to the Italians with among the scorers, a delicious chip from Andrea Pirlo.
The nation drew its collective breath as Roy Hodgson and his boys jetted off to South America full of hope and aspiration. Unfortunately for them, they might as well have stayed on the plane and turned round. Thanks to a dismal display, England never even made it out of the group stages of the world's most famous knock out competition. In fact, Hodgson could not even muster up a victory as defeat by Italy and Uruguay's Luis Suarez climaxed in the final game. This again proved too much as England could only come up with a draw against Costa Rica who went through at the expense of both major footballing powerhouses.
Recently, England travelled to Turin where in spite of the fact they faced a weakened Italian team, they played out a 1-1 draw. At the end of the day, friendlies are there to try out new players, whilst tinkering with formations as well as tactics. Yet all does not bode well for France 2016 as England attempt to not return with too much egg on their face. So what is it exactly about England and what are the reasons they are incapable of winning a major tournament?
9 Technical Ability
8 Tactical Awareness
As far as talent is concerned, England have a team of individuals despite the high profile names. They can call upon Wayne Rooney from Manchester United or Joe Hart from Manchester City but in the end, they don't act as a team. They are simply not good enough as a collective unit no matter what the scenario is and don't seem to pull in the correct direction.
To their credit, down the years they have had some stand out players who have provided plenty of flair and creativity. This includes Glenn Hoddle as well as Paul Gascoigne and many others. However, for all the players available to the English coaches, there are not many who can be labelled as world class. On the other hand, there are several players in the German national team who many consider as great players such as Manuel Neuer. It is this exact concept that separates the good sides from the great ones.
3 Bad habits developed at youth
1 Premier League
With the sheer influx of foreign players that have come into the Premier League over the last decade or so, it is consequently causing a detriment to England. As more and more players from overseas come into the country to play in arguably one of the best leagues in the world, this pushes English players out. Back in the day, there used to be a rule outlined that there could only be a handful of foreign players in a team. As this has now been scrapped, the Premier League has become an international playground for the footballing gliterrati. This means that home grown English players will find their own opportunities extremely limited.
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