The Future’s Bright and Ready For Denmark Success

Posted: June 9, 2011 by GaryCRobertson in England, English Premier League, Guest, Youth

There has been an increased amount of coverage about the English game recently. From poor performances by the senior squad to young players pulling out of Under-21 duty and the inflated prices involved in buying young English players. All highlight the problems we face with the national team now and in the future.

It is not hard to remember the last time a football fan felt pride in watching the national team play, beating Germany 5-1 on their own soil is a moment engraved in the mind of every passionate and patriotic fan. Patriotic – “feeling, expressing , or inspired by love for one’s country”. Inspired, a word that would be last on the list in a list of words you’d write to describe what you feel when watching England play. We are faced with a population slowly losing interest in their own national team. Players from certain clubs are targeted for abuse by fans of their team’s rivals, an atmosphere that has driven a lot of loyal support away. Why is there this bias when it comes to our own country?

Yes, some players don’t perform to the high standards for England that they set at their clubs, but when the same players are picked for every international, even when they are not the most in form player in their position, that is bound to happen. Over the course of a season a player will show more form for club than country that much is obvious.

But does the problem lie deeper than that? Do we even have the quality of players to go and win a major tournament?

To use Spain as an example, 17 players of their 23 man squad played Champions League football that season. 10 of England’s squad played Champions League football that season (Joe Cole and Ledley King included who were rarely involved). There is a huge lack of English players who play in European club football’s elite competition. It could be argued that there isn’t enough in our own Premier League.

However, there is now a new generation emerging. Even without Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll the Under-21 squad who travelled to Denmark are more than capable of winning the tournament. Having gone so close in previous years there’s a real buzz about the tournament this year. There is some real top class talent in the squad, Smalling, Jones, Welbeck, Cleverley and Sturridge have all impressed in the League this season. These promising youngsters will all have a massive part to play in the future of English football. The top clubs in England are now looking to English players, Phil Jones and

Ashley Young look to be on their way to United and Jordan Henderson is close to joining Liverpool. There has been interest from the top clubs in Connor Wickham and Jack Rodwell. Ryan Bertrand and Danny Sturridge are back at Chelsea and will be looking to push for their place in the starting eleven.

These players need to be playing at the highest level domestically and in European and International Football. Most importantly, they need to be given a chance.

Can we fall back in love with England? Can we now have a true ‘Golden Generation’?

I for one, am looking forward to finding out.

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Written by Lee Ranson.  You can follow him on Twitter @ranno8cfc

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