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    England Struggles To Continue


    It's been a long time since our national team done us proud at a major tournament, and I'm afraid it will carry on that way for a long time.

    A group of players with exceptional quality who's abilities deteriorate the second they step on to the pitch, managers changing every year or so and worst of all the weight of expectation prior to tournaments that always seems to end the same way.

    The media are heavily on the backs on the team. Over the last ten years or so multiple slandering stories have been released about squad players, such as then captain John Terry's affair with teammate  Wayne Bridge's wife, Wayne Rooney's strange sexual exploits throughout his career as well as Terry's bitter racism charge that led to Rio Ferdinand quitting international duty.

    Someone at UEFA and FIFA must feel some form of sympathy for our fledging national team. Their draws in qualifying for tournaments could not be kinder, as we come up across against teams whose players are also lawyers, bankers, milkmen and factory workers when their not playing for their country. Premier League players earn on average £1.7million a year. The fact that the media boast the fact that we have a 100% record involving a group against the likes of Malta, Lithuania and San Marino is frankly a sad reflection of how low the team have come. England's opponents in these group are rarely in the top 50 of the world rankings, leaving qualifying matches more like ten training sessions across Europe. It leaves a lack of quality opposition in a competitive environment and is no surprise when they are left napping against the big boys when it really matters.

    Each season before a European Championship or World Cup, the likes of Wayne Rooney, Dele Ali, Chris Smalling, Daniel Sturridge to name a few go and do wonders with their clubs, however on the big stage the whole team crumbles, as we saw against Iceland at the latest Euros. The reality is our players aren't good enough. Alli, for example, had an amazing 2015/16 season with Spurs and deservedly won the young player of the year, but looked horribly nervous in France.

    He's not the only one, but the reality is the other nations are simply better. Harry Kane was the first English player to win the Premier League's golden boot in 16 years, whilst the last English player to win the player of the year award was Rooney way back in 2010. The likes of Gareth Bale, Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez have blown the league away in recent years and in truth have bought the best out of their team mates, including home grown players.

    There is no question that the current and past crop of England players have exceptional talent are incredible individuals, but never have they been a good team. Wether It's Gareth Southgate, Sam Allardyce or even the great late Sir Alf Ramsay, any manager faces a mountain of a challenge to take this lot to even a sniff of success


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