What Next For England and the Three Lions?

Author: Raphael Minter


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England exited Euro 2016 to Iceland. Aside that they were also eliminated at the group stages of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 in a group that also comprised of Italy, Uruguay and surprised package Costa Rica.

The Three Lions have failed to make a mark on the world’s stage after their exploits at the 1966 FIFA World Cup which they won and semi-final appearances at Italy 1990 and Euro 1996.

Quarter finals have been the end for England after two exits at the Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006.

The English Premier League is undoubtedly the best league in the world and is headed for a great season amid the quality of players being signed and the coaches that have joined the train.

The main problem has to deal with the amount of foreign domination in the English Premier League. Everything comes as a cost and the effect on the national team lies in the majority of the stars that make up the face of the Premier League playing for different national teams.

Manchester City has won the premier league twice since Spain won the FIFA World Cup in 2010. After the exit of James Milner to Liverpool and Raheem Sterling heading the other way, seldom can it be seen that more than two players are starting a game for Manchester City. It is Joe Hart-Sterling and Delph joining along the way or Joe Hart after Sterling suffered an injury that saw him miss a greater part of last season.

At Chelsea, Gary Cahill is the only active national team footballer after John Terry’s retirement. Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere feature for both Arsenal and England but injury took Welbeck out of the Euros whiles Wilshere joined the team after a lengthy injury and added relatively nothing to England’s performance at the Euros.

Chelsea won the Premier League in 2015 having a team of Brazilian Spanish although it is an English club.

England Need More of Their Players Featuring In the Big Teams and European Competitions

Only Manchester United and Liverpool among the more coveted traditional Champions league clubs feature more English players in their setup.

Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur made all the headlines in the Premier League last season but are yet to stamp their authority on European competitions. Evidently enough most of their players were responsible in taking the Three Lions to success but it never materialized due to inexperience.

England can dominate competitions as a country if strict measures are imposed on teams so that more English footballers feature for their respective teams.

At the moment England are off the next available competition and that is the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

For now the only competition England has is to compete in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, a tournament they would aim to win but would need most of their players play week in and week out at their respective teams during European competitions to be able to realize this.

The Three Lions are off but they would return in 2018 where they would be making a huge impact in the tournament.

 

 


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