Rio Ferdinand explains reasons behind Englandís lack lustrous half a decade
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand believes English football is under a severe crisis. The Three Lions cannot talk about any success stories from the past 47 years as the England national team has been unable to pick up any major silverware during that period.
The golden generation came and went away, just like a couple of talented squads, but England never came close to contend for a major trophy. Rio Ferdinand, who quit the national team to save his club career, believes English football lacks strong DNA.
The Three Lions are unimpressive in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, but the miseries don’t end there. A large shadow has been cast over the success of football in England in the future as Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21 squad failed to impress in the European Under-21 Championships in Israel this summer. The team only managed to pick up a point from three group games.
Rio Ferdinand believes English football needs to evolve if the national team wants to contend for major trophies once again. Rio Ferdinand also emphasized on building the team at youth levels.
“If you watch Italy, Holland, Spain or Germany playing at youth level, you would know who they are without looking at their shirts,” Rio Ferdinand told Sky Sports. “There is an identity with those teams. They have a DNA of the way to play.
“We don't have that. When we won the World Cup in 1966, we didn't copy anyone else. We played the way England play. It was our style and our identity. Have we kept it? I don't think so. It is all right saying you have some of the best players in the world but you have to put them together and play within a system that works.”
Rio Ferdinand praised the efforts of Football Association on providing facilities for training young footballers. The new training center at St. Georges’ Park is a success story on this front. Rio Ferdinand believes new and improved methods should be used to train the younger generation.
“The question I would ask is; are these coaches telling young kids to pass it to someone who already has a man marking them,” said Rio Ferdinand, who has capped 81 times for England.
“Are they saying 'he has to learn how to deal with it?' I don't know if we are. You give it to a young Spanish, Dutch, Italian, German kid, he will keep that ball until there is someone to pass it to. He won't just kick it away and say 'you shouldn't have passed it to me'. That is the way they are brought up.”