Former Liverpool star suggests reason for Three Lions’ struggles

World Cup runner up Dietmar Hamann criticised the amount of money on offer in the Premier League.

The debate around motivating and managing England's national team has raged over the summer months after England struggled in a World Cup where two European sides made the semi finals.

After spells of dominance for Spanish, Dutch and now German national sides, England have seen the passing of the final members of what was held up as a "golden generation", with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard retiring from duty with the Three Lions.

Despite England boasting an 100% record in their qualifying group for the European Championships, questions have remained after solid if unspectacular results as well as Raheem Sterling starting the recent game with Estonia on the bench complaining of tiredness.

There are rumours that Sterling is set to be offered a huge deal to fend off interest from Real Madrid, and a legend of Sterling's club Liverpool weighed in with what he sees as being wrong with young English footballers, with Dietmar Hamann highlighting the financial benefits available to Premier League footballers that demonstrate promise.

"How can somebody who is 18 or 19 and has done nothing in the game sign a long-term contract that guarantees him £12.5m?" said the German.

"They are sorted for life and they are only human, so they think they have it made. Then before you know it, they have taken their foot off the gas for six months and somebody else has come through and taken their place."

"The lack of incentive is a massive problem so if England want to be successful again, the mind-set has to change.

"The only way round it is to make it a rule which brings it right back to the PFA again. Bottom line, players have too much power these days."

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