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England’s “Golden Generation” – Why didn’t they succeed?

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Check out this conversation on why England’s “golden generation” failed to win a tournament. It’s such a good watch.

Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard took part in some honest discourse about why their generation of England players didn’t achieve the success the nation expected from a team with such quality.

We all saw the talent within England’s “golden generation”. The team that reached three consecutive quarter-finals in international tournaments – at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and Euro 2004 – but failed to get any further. They were players that were performing at the top level in the world for their clubs but failed to replicate those successes to the international stage. It’s probably unfair to label their lack of medals as a complete failure but they could have achieved more.

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From 2000 and 2010, England had some of the best players in the world in the ranks with David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ashley Cole, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney, as well as Ferdinand, Lampard and Gerrard.

There have been some theories floating around about why England didn’t win a tournament during that period, you may have heard about the “curse of the penalty shootout” but is that really good at getting to the bottom of this?

Pep Guardiola has said he has no idea why the Golden Generation didn’t reach the levels of the Spanish team. The Man City boss also believes the current England squad are capable of getting honors. He says this is due to the successes of the England Under 19s and Under 21 teams. I guess we’ll see about that…

Ferdinand, Lampard and Gerrard touched on the reasons for the team coming up short in a discussion whilst on pundit duty for BT Sport.

Rio admits that he and Frank stopped speaking to each other so that the other didn’t pick up any tactics or anything that could affect their endeavours for club glory. All of this happening in spite of being teenage pals at West Ham. Essentially rivalry between the Premier League clubs meant that England lacked a strong team spirit.

The trio also touched on the tactical limitations of the team, and how their rigid 4-4-2 formation let them down when they came up against pacey playing with an extra midfielder.

Do you think more should be done at youth level with England? The Spanish national team was built up from youth football which led to their international dominance for 4 years. Has club become more important than country? Let us know in the comments!

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