Charlie Webster - England can learn from German model

15 October 2010 09:16

After watching England's display against Montenegro I decided to have a read of all the criticisms and opinions on the 0-0 draw. Half of the media blamed the players and the other half had it in for the manager, Fabio Capello.

He 'should be making a difference' we all say. Well, I was pretty uninspired as I'm sure you all were too, but the one thing I noticed and have been harping on about since South Africa is as a unit we, England, lack chemistry.

Why? Well, if you watched the England Under-21 side cement their place in next year's European Championships then you would have seen that there was a distinct difference. There was clear character and spirit that flowed through the whole team.

For what my two pennys are worth I think that is the problem with the senior squad. But why do the two differ? I started to question whether there is a natural progression of development through the under-21s as a team to the senior England squad. Well, there isn't really, and surely that's the problem?

That lack of continuity as a team, from the junior ranks to first XI, may go a long way to answering a lot of England's problems.

Take Germany for example. Jurgen Klinsmann introduced one coaching method, insisted on the same style of play and formation throughout their international teams from Under-17s onwards. It was no coincidence; Germany sat down and planned the next generation, putting a young team together to progress.

Five members of the under-21 side that beat England 4-0 in the European final side last year featured as key players in the Germany senior squad in South Africa. I think that is exactly what England should be doing.

Maybe what we should be looking at is all England squads being run as one entity just like in Germany. A nation together that adopts the same school of thought throughout. Surely if the England manager played a bigger part in what's happening within the youth systems, this would see more players make the step up to the senior team?

The first team would not be a massive jump with entirely different tactics, keeping it the same is key - the young players know what to expect and becoming a member of the senior squad is just part of progression.

Jack Wilshere is a great example. I think it was essential that he played 90 minutes for the under-21s Wilshere should be getting games under his belt, and the first team manager - whether it's Capello or not - should be blooding the likes of him through the youth system, not rushing them through.

I know that Fabio Capello has started to work more closely with Stuart Pearce and they do talk a lot, so I'm led to believe! Hopefully this is a sign of changing times and that England can, without being clichéd, do a Germany.

But maybe the question is, if this new collective England philosophy is implemented and ingrained throughout the youth system, will it improve our style? Is the play Capello injects into England the right one for the players and the fans?

In fact, is this the style that is going to work and bring success? A system that promotes slower European football which defends from deep and lacks creativity. Should we not be looking at a system that brings Premier League-style play with a fast tempo back into our international game?

It's the style that the players are already used to, the style that the fans love to see, and the style that makes the Premier League the most-watched league in the world. I know what I'd prefer to see!


Source: DSG

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