England’s Under-21s And An Uninspiring Future


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. It’s the same as it ever was. English football seems incapable of adjusting expectations – we traditionally beat Czech teams, therefore we will again, even though the two sides comparative qualifying records suggested the opposite.

    I do think though, that the FA are at last taking the first remedial steps. Gareth Southgate has spoken eloquently of the changes that are required. Let’s just hope the clubs don’t stand in the way…

  2. As a Reading fan, I can confirm Alex McCarthy’s excellence and the back 4 were OK – so, if most teams rebuild via solid foundations at the back, then England perhaps have a chance. A major problem appears to be the holding role, however – we need someone who can actually tackle.

    The other worldly fees hanging round the necks of mere striplings like Sturridge and Henderson weighed very heavily.

  3. Stanley says:

    Southgate has indeed identified several of the most pertinent issues, but so did Trevor Brooking (and countless others) in preceding reviews. I hope that I’m wrong this time, but I suspect that another review by a well-meaning ex-player won’t make a difference as there is no-one at the top with the backbone to implement the structural reforms recommended.

    LR, while I agree on the specific points you made, I think you’ve just scratched the surface of the problem. There aren’t enough eligible players of sufficient quality in all positions. Unless we (the fans, the press, the coaches, the administrators…) stop focusing on individuals and target the system itself, nothing will change.

  4. Paul says:

    Until England, and the majority of the Premiership sides, actually learn to pass the ball and retain possession then you can forget any thoughts of progress. Scott Sinclair was so desperate for someone to actually pass the ball to him in the way he gets the ball at Swansea. No wonder he looked dejected and confused.

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