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The future of the England football team

Saturday 25 May 2013, 03:03

Jo Tongue Jo Tongue 606 editor

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When I last sat down in the 5 live studios with Glenn Hoddle we were talking about the role of the number ten for Glenn's Top Ten Number Tens programme.

While discussing the number ten role we found a distinct lack English names cropping up- especially current English players. The Premier League has them a plenty - Mata, Silva, Bale, Corzola, Coutinho - but none of those are English. So even though we watch creative players every week, when international week comes round, they all disappear.

What interested me most was Glenn talking about how he was coached and how he wanted our young players to be coached. He kept speaking about walls. Who remembers kicking the ball against the wall all evening after school? We had a path down the side of our house and would kick the ball against the kitchen wall over and over; trying to hit an exact spot, left foot right foot, left foot right foot. Glenn said at Spurs the first hour of training was against a wall. Tell me one team where that happens now. I'd love to see it.

Glenn's passion for England, English players and their progress was so evident in that chat that it was obvious we needed a programme to explore it. So on Monday at midday we will sit down to discuss The Future of The England Football Team. 

The programme comes at a time when we are looking at our game under an increased spotlight. It follows a weekend which sees an all-German Champions League Final. In the Bundesliga, homegrown players make up over 60%. That's the same percentage as in Spain's La Liga - the national league of the current World Cup and European Champions Spain. In England it's around half that. Is this the real problem with the England national team? It's just one of the issues we will discuss on the programme. 

As Editor of 606 I see so many calls from England fans bemoaning the perceived lack of passion from players in their country's shirt. Glenn completely disagrees with this and thinks the problems lie in improving the culture, the technique and the quality of the side rather than the passion of the players themselves. 

You can interact with the show by texting 85058 or tweeting along using @bbc5live. We look forward to hearing from you the listeners about where you see the problems with the England national side lie and what solutions you can offer.

You can listen to The Future of England Football by clicking here until Monday 3 June

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    Comment number 1.

    The future of the England football team ? What about the future of the Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland teams ? The BBC is meant to be the British Broadcasting Corporation but when it comes to sport & especially football the BBC only cares for England & English football. The shameful lack of interest, knowledge & respect in the other home nations football teams is clear for all to hear on Radio Five Live as is demonstrated by the vast difference in coverage between the playoff final & the Scottish Cup final. The BBC is meant to be impartial, why does this not apply to its sports coverage ? The lack of respect Radio Five Live have in the other home nations isn't as bad as Talk Sport but it isn't really much better

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    Comment number 2.

    Scottish Cup final live on;

    BBC 1 Scotland
    Live Nationwide via BBC Sport Website
    BBC Radio 5live
    Sportsround, BBC Radio Scotland

    Honestly what more do you want?

    The BBC cares about English Football because thats what the majority of license fee payers want, simple as that.

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    Comment number 3.

    All I am asking for & I don't think it's too much to ask for is fair balanced coverage for All the home nations. I accept that the vast majority of listeners want to hear about England & English football (I'm a fan of English football myself) but that is no excuse for the lack of professionalism, interest, knowledge & respect shown to the other home nations in terms of schoolboy errors & snide remarks (the latter made regularly by Messrs Green, Lawrenson, Savage, Motson, Riley etc) that would never be allowed if said about England. Five Live would not be allowed to treat one political party with respect & the rest with contempt so why is it acceptable in terms of its sport coverage ?

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    Comment number 4.

    Its a rights issue;

    Extensive radio and online coverage is also included as part of the deal with 140 live games per season on BBC Radio Scotland as well as 10 games nationally on BBC Radio 5 live, plus video highlights of every match on the BBC Sport website


    You cant have balanced coverage, if the rights are mostly only sold to BBC Radio Scotland, having said that BBC Radio Scotland, does have extensive coverage, BBC TV has highlights, i think the main probelm you have is with 5live, but again, they have paid massive money for rights to the English Premiership, so what can they do?

    If 5live started broadcasting live Scottis Football instead of live Premiership football, there would be an uproar, and rightly so.

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    Comment number 5.

    Readers should be aware that Fedster (allegedly) is on the BBC payroll.


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