Opinion: England need a team our youngsters can aspire to emulate
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It’s that time of year where players are being selected to represent their country. However, this year, many of those chosen have dropped out of the England Squad ahead of upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil. A lot of players have dropped out under the wishes of their league clubs, as they do not want them to get injured during their international games, staying fit for their club’s league season seems much more important to players in the modern day. Do footballers still care about playing for their country? When we were kids running around the playground, we all aspired to be a player; usually someone from the England squad of the era we were brought up in. Rooney, Gerrard, Giggs, maybe even Beckham. Names of players who we looked up to in football. However, with no success coming from the men’s England team in over half a century, why would young boys and girls want to emulate these players. Instead the youth of today are running around sports fields with names like Agüero, Messi and Ronaldo on the back of their shirt. Because we simply do not have these players to look up to today in the England squad.
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