It was about time the FA chairman made some points about the future of the national side, but he can do more.
It was about time the FA chairman made such a speech was the opinion of much of the press today after Greg Dyke set targets of reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and winning the 2022 World Cup.
Though Dyke did come across as a bit of a politician, he was quite happy to say what was wrong with the current system surrounding football, but nothing as yet to address it. The former is a start at least, yet there are more problems.
The future of English football are those who are at such a young age right now, and along with being wonderfully talented, in most cases they will be the players who are inspired by current players now, who have watched them up close and said ‘I want to be like him when I grow up.’
This is by no means saying that a child uses the player as a role model as a person, but they will look at them on the field and possibly be inspired, they will be the reason they want to play football, and maybe one day become a professional footballer. The trouble is, if they can’t afford to watch their heroes, how can we expect a fresh, successful crop of players from the next generation with no-one to base their game upon? There is no better substitute for watching how someone plays for 90 minutes than focussing on them in the flesh.
For all that Dyke would like to address the amount of players that should be playing in the Premier League – which should be applauded, more home grown talent in the Premier League showcasing their skills to the world would be welcome. And encouraging more coaches, and proper coaching is a step in the right direction but there is a long way to go.
What Dyke said was largely right, but maybe he should try and address the problem that the next generation probably won’t get a close-up look at their heroes, a proper perspective of the game to develop.
We hear a lot about pundits talk about why they became footballers, they went to certain grounds, watched certain players, and made it. And where it not for them they probably wouldn’t have been as good.
Whilst addressing the problems Dyke outlined, can we also address the problem he omitted from his speech? Please?
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