Re: England - The New Dawn
Here it is (fresh of the press and exclusive):
There has been a revolution in recent times in the way football is coached (including down the age groups in the academies). It's a more "enlightened" and "progressive" style of play which has evolved. And it is already paying off with the unprecedented success of the youth teams at all levels, last year.
Man United's embarrassing thrashing by Barcelona in 20011 was a wake up call to the English leagues as well - shorter,more considered passes and patient build up. With defenders having the skill and composure to play the ball out of defence (rather than just lumping it all the time).
Southgate has taken all this (and more) on board and in future we will be able to compete with the best far more than in previous decades.
Already there is some genuine, top top talent coming through. For further details see my thread on three gems, on the way to the senior team: