After being eliminated from the World Cup and only getting one point in three matches, England manager Roy Hodgson spoke about the lack of chances that English youngsters are getting at the top clubs in the Premier League. Hodgson bemoaned the fact that England’s top youngsters are often stuck in a backlog at the top five or six clubs in England because of the talent ahead of them.
The chairman of the FA Greg Dyke agreed with Roy Hodgson and said that the FA is “looking to see if there is a system that would help these 19-year-olds who are not playing in (Manchester) United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City first teams”. He went on to discuss whether playing regularly for a Championship side is more important than sitting on the bench at a top club and that the FA is searching for a solution. Spain is often used as an example because of their success using club B-teams to help develop their young stars.
Roy Hodgson on English youngsters getting chances in the Premier League:
“There’s always going to be a problem. It’s ridiculous to try to suggest there isn’t. The players we’re looking at who could be good enough to play for England at 18, 19, 20 years of age are quite often playing in the top five or six clubs. That’s where the biggest stars are, and where the biggest money is and where the biggest chance of a blockage is in getting into the team. So let’s come to terms with that.
We have to make certain that we get as much access as we can to the players in the academies, that we induct them fully into what we’re expecting. We have to make certain that when the players come into our environment we induct them fully into what we are expecting, what we think being an England player means, not just in terms of behavior and culture, but in terms of how important it is for you to play in a certain way, making certain we get our midfielders turning on the ball, receiving balls on the back foot, being positive. We can do some work on that. We don’t just have to rely on clubs giving their 19-year-old a game in the first team or not. We can do that.”
Source: Sky Sports
The conversation about what to do with England’s youth development system has been going on for some time now. The idea of creating B-teams has been met with resistance from clubs in the lower leagues who feel that the developmental squads will hurt their chances of promotion. This is an issue that is not going away anytime soon and it is clear that England needs an overhaul if they are to catch up with the giants of the international game.
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