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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

    http://sport-onthebox.com/2013/05/02/football-bbc-scotland-and-spl-agree-new-three-year-highlights-deal/

    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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    Comment number 6.

    Sez the seld admitted talkSPORT employee!!

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    Comment number 7.

    sez the self admitted talkSPORT employee!

    Hardly neutral are you stumps?

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 9.

    Patrick with all due respect, i have not noticed that, i dont think there was even any complaints made to 5live about that incident, so i cant see where you are coming from...........

    Stumps now yoiu have been outed as a talkSPORT emplopyee, i notice you have refrained from posting, i did want to ask a Question though, seeing as Ronnie Irani has left talkSPORT, what are you sources at talkSPORT saying, regarding a possible switch to 5live for Irani?

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    Comment number 10.

    Patrick, this is precisely why your fellow "Celts" - starting with the Scots in 2014 - are advised to vote for independence. Then Englishmen like me (who don't care about the other so-called "Home Nations") will no longer have to put up with the endless whining of the Scots, Welsh and Irish whenever the "E" word is mentioned.

    Like it or not, the majority of the license fee is paid by people living in England. The majority of listeners and viewers live in England. And until the BBC are kind enough to introduce a BBC Radio England (perhaps replacing Radio 5 Live?) you will continue to have programmes focussing on England and English sport.

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    Comment number 11.

    Feedster I did complain at the time, not to mention other occasions, for all the good it did

    Rebelbrum I have no problem with Five Live concentrating on England & English sport (and maybe there should be a Radio England : maybe that's what the recent changes to English local radio are building towards ). I just wish that a National station would show the same degree of professionalism, knowledge, interest & respect in the other home nations that they do in England. If a Five Live broadcaster made the same mistakes or snide remarks about England that are regularly made about the other home nations they wouldn't last long on the station. I stopped listening to Talk Sport when Adrian Durham was openly disrespectful to the other home nations. I don't see why a National radio station, in these days of competition for ratings, should not strive to be respectful to all parts of the nation

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    Comment number 12.

    "I just wish that a National station would show the same degree of professionalism, knowledge, interest & respect in the other home nations that they do in England"

    BBC Radio Scotland is a national radio station focusing on all things Scottish, it has some top pundits as well. I really cannot see the probelm,

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    Comment number 13.

    5 live Football Experiment

    http://5live.kw.bbc.co.uk/

    Sounds interesting, will definetly give it a go

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    Comment number 14.

    Fed, that experiment 5LFE didn't work - I followed what to do but nought! Anyway.

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    Comment number 15.

    The problem with 5live is it effectivley BBC Radio England dressed up as a "national" radio channel. The sooner it just becomes BBC Radio England the better so we all know where we stand whether we are north or south of the border. Scottish football can then be covered exclusively on Radio Scotland and English football on "Radio England" formally known as "Five Live". .

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    Comment number 16.

    Fedster - no one at Talksport has ever heard of me nor will they. I am a self employed freelance journalist living in Gloucestershire who takes great joy in winding you up. More so when your assumptions are just so wrong. Now behave.

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    Comment number 17.

    Carrie it worked for me, maybe you were to late, it was on a first come, first served basis.

    As for a Radio England, dont think that will work, you will have large amount of resources pumped into it, with popular shows like world football phone in, non English Cricket sidelined, not a good idea imo. If the Scottish want more scottish output on 5live, they should do something about their football leagues, teams etc, its extremly poor, higher quality will attract new audiences.

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    Comment number 18.

    Re: Patrick Mccafferty (comment 8):

    I must correct you on this point. Alan Green was actually on leave for that game and so wasn't present, and 5 live commentators did not laugh or joke about Scotland's defeat.

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    Comment number 19.

    Will! Welcome any progress regarding my Question about Alan Green?

    Let me refresh your memory.

    Why was Alan Green ditched from 606?

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    Comment number 20.

    In defence of Alan Green, it's interesting that some people think he wouldn't joke or make a negative comment on an England defeat as I've heard a lot of criticism over his negative comments about the England team.

    His honest comments are one of the reasons I like his commentary style as you never hear comments like Green's and Waddle's on commercial stations.
    Chris Waddle's comments after we got beaten by Germany in 2010 was probably the best and most passionate thoughts I've heard on why England will never win anything.

 

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