Kenny Dalglish is impressed by what he has seen at the Anfield Academy.
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Kenny Dalglish claims the emerging talent coming through Liverpool’s Academy is proof that English football has a bright future.
The national side was once again subject to critical headlines in the press following last week’s 2-1 defeat to France.
Fabio Capello blooded youngsters such as Jordan Henderson, Kieran Gibbs and Andy Carroll in the friendly – and although the performance left a lot to be desired, Dalglish believes there is reason to be optimistic.
He said: “Through my work at the Liverpool Academy, I do have a fair idea of what is coming through, not just at my club but in general.
“And while I’m not saying the standard can’t improve, there isn’t any cause for alarm.
“At Liverpool, we have a couple of Spanish coaches at the academy and we are getting the fusion right between technique, tactical awareness and a strong mentality.
“What is heartening is when I watch U9s, U10s and U11s play, I see the boys trying to use what they’ve been coached in matches.
“Last summer, the England U17s became European champions. And who did they beat in the final? Spain. So they are capable of it.”
Dalglish believes England still have the world’s top midfielder in Steven Gerrard – and he has identified a potential successor in the Three Lions camp.
“You’d take Steven Gerrard over any of the other midfielders and, mark my words, Jack Wilshere won’t be far behind him in time,” said the Scot. (Liverpool Official Website)
No pressure, Jack.
In fairness to Kenny Dalglish, he only goes overboard at the end – and with Steven Gerrard at his club, it is understandable that he wants to build him up.
Gerrard is also a senior player well established at his club, and is unlikely to let things go to his head at this stage of his career.
Wilshere is not.
Waxing lyrical about how young English players are almost the best in the world already is only likely to lead to more talk of a golden generation, and more failure internationally.
Wilshere could be great one day, but now is not the time to tell him anything other than hard work will get him there.
England are not the best team in the world. They have no divine right to win anything, and unnecessary hyperbole helps nobody.
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