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Coach and Pundit Gary Neville Believes England National Team Future is Bright

Young lions look good despite another tournament flop.

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England coach Gary Neville still feels that the future is bright for the national side despite another failure by the younger sides at a major tournament, talkSPORT reports.

Last week the England under-20 side failed to make it past the groups stage at the World Cup in Turkey, which quickly followed on from the under-21s poor showing at the European Championships last month.

However, Neville believes that there is no reason to panic despite the lack of form, and has insisted that the three lions will come good again soon.

“People have had enough. There’s a sense now that it’s not acceptable for to get knocked out of competitions earlier than they should do and for the youth teams not to perform as well as they should do. They’ve had enough and they want action.

“When we think about the 70s and 80s, growing up in that generation and the type of players and football that was played, it promoted the next generation to play a certain way.

“My hero was Bryan Robson. At Liverpool there was Graeme Souness and at Everton they had Peter Reid. That was the way it was when we were brought up. It was all about passion, hard work, getting stuck in, knocking the ball over the top to chase and getting it in the box. We were brought up for 20 years with that mantra.

“What we’ve now seen in the last 15-20 years is a different type of football in the Premier League, people like Dennis Bergkamp, Gianfranco Zola, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Parents are now informing their kids about a different message, take the ball, hold on to the ball, stay on the ball and manipulate the ball.

“All the things that, when I was growing up, weren’t so prominent. It was all about success, winning, hard-work and what we’ll see now is that we do start to produce more technical players.

“We’re starting to see the fruition of that, players like Jack Wilshere, Daniel Strurridge, Ryan Betrand and Kyle Walker. Think about the type of full-back that we’re now producing, Ashley Cole, Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand and Luke Shaw. They’re not the full-back of 20 years ago, they’re different.

“The centre-forwards we’re producing are not your Alan Shearers, who was an excellent player, and Mark Hateley, they’re more Daniel Sturridge.

“We’re now starting to see a more technical player and that is what everyone wants.”


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