Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
Exactly one year on from England's disappointing end to the campaign at last year's World Cup, David Davies finds out what went wrong and what lessons need to be learned if they are to have a winning chance at future major tournaments, in Three Lions Out Of Africa on BBC Radio 5 Live.
As a former FA executive director and distinguished BBC sports journalist, whose experience spans seven World Cup campaigns, Davies has the insight and experience to examine the key issues. He gets answers from some of the biggest names in football, whose opinions might just help the England team in future international competitions.
Liverpool star Jamie Carragher, recalled by Fabio Capello for the World Cup, gives an exclusive and candid insight into what it was really like for the England players in their training camp in South Africa and gives his take on how the camp was run.
"I certainly wouldn't want the players holed up all day and all week... I just don't think anyone gains anything from that," reflects Carragher, who believes it was a mistake not to allow families into the camp. He also reveals whether the media destroyed England's chances and if the English footballing and cultural mentality means they can't compete with foreign rivals.
1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst explains why it was "weird" that England's top players couldn't "pass, trap, run, kick, shoot or head" during the tournament, while Harry Redknapp questions whether today's players have lost the pride and passion in playing for their country.
Davies also gets insight from the last five England managers – Terry Venables, Kevin Keegan, Glenn Hoddle, Sven Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren – who all give their take on what needs to be done to make the English national team succeed.
Jose Mourinho, Harry Redknapp and Franz Beckenbauer give their advice, while the programme also explores off-the-field issues, including the winter break and club vs country wrangles. Listen out too for the views of Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore and former FA chairman Lord Triesman, while sports minister Hugh Robertson promises tough action if the footballing authorities don't get their act together to provide a better platform for the national team to succeed.
The FA never undertook a public review of England's World Cup campaign, but Three Lions Out Of Africa looks at the lessons to be learned and makes some timely recommendations for Fabio Capello and his England team ahead of Euro 2012.
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