Grassroots Football: Problems, Problems, Problems!

What has the manager in 10 years got to work with?!

The Spain vs England friendly brought back comparisons between the quality of players Spain are producing compared to England. Take a look at Spain’s squad for the friendly.

Spain squad to face England:

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona);

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Malaga);

Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona);

David Villa (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Jesus Navas (Sevilla).

Spot the weakness? Me Neither!

Spain could have a strong 3rd team that could compete in International tournaments if they wanted. The strength and quality of England’s 3rd team would be embarrassing to say the least, and would have no chance of competing in International tournaments.

So what are we as a nation doing wrong? What problems have you encountered at grassroots level or above? What can we improve on? 

Image from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2060840/England-1-Spain-0-Fabio-Capello-hails-youngsters.html

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