Now that the world cup is over and the dust has settled, the major debating points are about what the FA should do to help or save our national team.
They have kept faith with Fabio Capello which is not the worst thing in the world if he has learned from this world cup. He should have seen that the 4 4 2 is not always the correct system. Most big countries and clubs play a 4 3 3 or a 4 5 1. He must adapt his tactics to give England a modern look.
Fabio Capello is a man who has won things most places he has gone and therefore must be given time. Every manager needs time and needs to learn from their mistakes and this is Capello’s chance to learn from his mistakes.
The players and manager must take responsibility but the problem is much bigger then that in my opinion.
The football association must take responsibility and take some action. There are many things the FA can do to aid the national team and help the English players that play in England.
Spain, who are the current World and European champions have a winter break. A winter break in England may help the freshness of players. A simple break of 2 or 3 weeks or so could really help players in England avoid any sort of burnout. A 2/3 week break would not mean the whole time is a holiday, but at least an 8-10 day break then the rest of the period is spent back in training and getting match fit again.
An agreement should in place where club’s cannot go abroad on a ‘training tour’ and have any games in this period. The first 8-10 days should be a complete rest period and perhaps if club’s want to have a friendly to get back to match sharpness, then this should be done behind closed doors.
If a winter break is to be successful then other aspects of the season need to be changed. A winter break cannot just happen if everything else remains the same as there will be a massive fixture pile-up.
A few ideas’s how to have less games are as follows:
- Cut the Premiership to 18 teams instead of 20 and therefore having 4 less games can ease the fixture pile-up.
- Cut out ALL replays in the Carling and FA cup. All games will go into extra time and penalties if a game end’s in a draw. (this can perhaps happen regardless of a winter break)
- Re-structure the FA Cup and have all teams that are playing in Europe to start the FA Cup in the 4th round. This would give them one less game at least.
These ideas could help the winter break come into action and it may work.
There is clearly a much bigger issue in England and that is with the grass roots of football. England is not producing as many players as other countries like Spain or Germany. Clubs are to be blamed for not nurturing young English talent enough too.
Perhaps, clubs that do produce English players at the highest level should be credited by financial means or given some sort of incentive to work hard with English talents rather then bringing in young foreign players.
The FA could bring in a quota of English players that each squad needs to have. This does not mean those home grown players that can be players from brought from abroad who have trained in England at a young age, but players that can actually play for England. This may not go down well with clubs however, something must be done and clubs must try and help their national team.
Another idea would be to have more England B games. This means having more friendlies for the B team. After players leave the under 21 set up, they could move into an England B side if they are not ready for the full national side. The B side could even have some senior players who are out of form and some under 21 players just to re-gain form and learn how to play together. An England squad can only have a certain number of players and I do not think that is enough as many players do not get given a chance. If you take the 23 players that went to the world cup as the first major squad then the B team could consist of players like Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor, Adam Johnson, Carlton Cole etc. There are young players that play in England that do a fantastic job for their club but have not been given a fair chance for their country.
Another question I would like to ask is if a player comes up the ranks and plays in attacking midfield, would they have been given a chance or would Lampard and Gerrard automatically be chosen? Perhaps a B team could help give them some sort of a chance.
These are just rough idea’s that have been going around but something clearly has to be done, the country deserves success. The fan’s that went to South Africa were amazing and deserved more.
The FA needs to give answers and address the issues. In fairness to fans, the FA should slash prices for friendlies and offer an even bigger discount to fans that went to South Africa, if they do not, they may have a brand new multi million pound stadium at only a quarter of its capacity.