David Pleat has said that we need to question player’s pride when it comes to representing the national team.
England Under 20’s passion during their 2-0 defeat to Egypt on Saturday, which saw them exit the FIFA World Cup as bottom of the group, was in complete contrasts to Brazil’s performance against Spain which saw them win the Confederations Cup last night.
Everything from Brazil’s aggression on the pitch to the way they uniquely sang their national anthem was admirable. Everything about England U20’s campaign was not.
“We have to restore the pride of playing for your country with England,” Pleat said.
“Players have got to want to play for the national side. I don’t feel there is the same determination to be capped as there once was.
“International football used to be bigger than club football. Players are now getting too much money at a young age and the patriotism of playing for your country is not there. The FA has to discuss it.”
England haven’t won a FIFA U20 World Cup game for 16 years now, many thinking that this year was their best chance of destroying that record.
Michael Owen was the key to their last victory – back in 1997 against Mexico.