Reminds me of my Apprentice days. Run a bit, run a bit more then some 6 a-side before the shower.
I spend quite a bit of time in Spain and I have yet to see a kid without a ball at their feet. All the training is about the ball whereas here it is treated like a surprise present you should be grateful for as and when you are allowed to actually kick one.
That was the case in 1975 and it is the case now. Its not going to change anytime soon and therefore we will continue to churn out the Joey Bartons of this World - shame on us.
Some great posts on here and I agree with you all, anyway here is my two bobs worth. I think our players are better than that but their skills were severly docked by Roys medieval tactics. No, we are not as skillful as Spain, but even if we had L.MESSI up front, we would'nt stand a cat in hells chance oif winning the euros,playing 8-1-1. Maybe if we had played proper football are players would have acquitted themselves a bit better, and not made us a laughing stock. I actually felt sorry for some of the players. Can you imagine having to obey the instructions of a conmplete moron. I am struggling to think of a worse appointment the F.A. could have made, he has taken us back years. Phew! rant over. COYS.