Alan Pardew is wrong England nowhere near France

Alan Pardew is wrong England nowhere near France

With the latest failings of their national team, England has erupted with opinions. Opinions which have been expressed before. Outrage which has been witnessed before. It is therefore the only surprise which has come, it’s from Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew. Had they been made prior to 10th of June, they would had met with mixed responses. This one though, is hard not to ridicule. Accepted, England has some very exciting talent but to compare them with the ones within the French ranks is outlandish.

Alan Pardew is wrong England nowhere near France

Alan Pardew is wrong England nowhere near France

Alan Pardew is wrong England nowhere near France

The Christmas schedule has bore the brunt of many managers. From Arsene to Louis Van Gaal, the critics have been unequivocal about the negative impact it has on the players’ physiques. But hardly anyone with authority has batted an eyelid. As a result, the Premier league players end up playing more games with lesser rest. By the time summer arrives, it’s not just their aching bodies but their minds too are set on sun and sand. To be asked to represent their countries in a high pressure tournaments is a demand that their fatigued minds can no longer oblige. Additionally, the decision to begin the season before all the other leagues has done the poor athletes no favor. Unless FA intervenes and orders a course correction, the reversal of English football at international stage looks very unlikely.

Dearth of managerial quality in England

With the resignation of Roy Hodgson, the rumor mills have gone into overdrive and blurting out a plethora of names. Curiously though, all of them have obsessed on one factor: The next English coach. A country as success starved as England would be better suited to pursue proven winners and the men who know what it takes to win a trophy rather than obsessing over homegrown potential. To consider the likes of Sam Allardyce, Gareth Southgate and Eddie Howe ahead of the more established foreign names is nothing short of a blunder. The problem with the English coaches is the lack of achievement. Not only in the Premier league, have the English coaches never been successful outside their homes too. The washout of Gary Neville at Valencia is an indictment of the lack of technical depth that English coaches are grappling with. Hardly anybody had envisaged what unfolded in his four month reign at Mestalla but it is a reminder of what plagues the managerial talent in England. Hence, to obsess with an Englishmen would be a naivety of the FA. One, that their nation would be forced to pay for Again.

Attitude of English Players

Having been coveted by the likes of Barcelona and being subjected to a bid of excess of € 80 million from the Catalan giants is bound to get any youngster distracted. But not Paul Pogba. The Frenchman not only decided to stay at Juventus but also take up more responsibility for his team. The case of Alexandre Lacazette of Olympique Lyon is another example of money distracting the players from the jobs they are expected to do. But he too, like Pogba stayed at Lyon for one more year. Comparing these with the farcical transfer saga that surrounded Raheem Sterling, it’s not difficult to see where the young talent go wrong. Being aided by his repugnant agent Aidy Ward, Sterling scaled a full scale war against the Anfield club to get a big money move. In retrospect, it can be safely concluded that it did him more harm than good. The negativity among his own supporters was bound to take a toll on the young 20 year old. One, for which the whole country has paid. The likes of John Stones are another case. Being heralded to an extent where compliments shackled him, his alarming dip in form is another area of the British press to look upon. To label a 20 year old to magnanimous amount of scrutiny week in and week out, the media could do with a little restraint on its part.

The England team maybe filled with a bunch of superstars, but one which is nowhere near the Euro 2016 finalists. There is long road to glory, a quest which might be fulfilled if the country started accepting that it’s not good enough first. And then work towards becoming one.

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