Ex-England international Dean Ashton reveals factions within national set-up

Dean Ashton has spoken about the existing factions within the England national team.

West Ham United's Dean Ashton in action against Blackburn Rovers' Steven Reid (R)

Despite possessing a group of talented players, the England national team has almost always flattered to deceive at major tournaments and having failed to win a single trophy since 1966, the Three Lions more than deserve their tags of perennial underachievers.

Many struggle to point out exactly why England tend to struggle at the international level and perhaps unsurprisingly, the Three Lions head into the upcoming European Championships in France later this year as only dark horses, even though they boast a strong team.

As a potential reason behind their struggles, former England striker Dean Ashton has now gone on to speak to talkSPORT regarding his time at the national setup and has revealed a very disturbing secret.

Dean Ashton - England

The Ex-Norwich City star stated that he did not enjoy his experience with the England national team as there were existing cliques among the senior players and added that the Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea stars used to only mingle with their own club mates. 

Ashton told talkSPORT: “I was warned beforehand that it [the squad] could be a bit cliquey - with the Liverpool boys sticking together, Manchester United, Chelsea - and it very much was like that. There was very much a feeling of when you first go into a classroom and no one really wants to talk to you.

England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant manager Ray Lewington look on as players warm up before the matchEngland manager Roy Hodgson and assistant manager Ray Lewington look on as players warm up before the match

“I mean, I was there for a few days, and there were some senior players that didn’t speak to me for the whole time I was there, which I just found as totally bizarre. They were senior players such as Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney; David Beckham was very quiet.

“I just thought the experience would be different, but it wasn’t. It was very cold in the way I got into the squad, and it was lucky that there were other players from the Under-21s, because it’s like the newbies all sit together.”

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