There is a lot of talk @ the moment about how the English develop their kids through football. Each culture & country bring up their youth through football in different ways. The Dutch have total football, the Brazilians have their skillful samba style, The Germans are like a well oiled machine, Spain are the pass-masters. Yet people @ the F.A can't seem to work out why or what style we have. If we go back into the archives and to the 60's in particular when our club teams & National team were up there with the best. Sir Alf would play the 'English' way Solid @ the back, The central defender leading the team into battle, playing from the back out, skillful quick wingers and strikers that only needed a single sight of goal to punish the opposition the good old 4-4-2 formation.
Through the decades teams evolve, If we look @ club football in the UK, In the 60's Spurs & Burnley were the teams to beat, 70's & 80's you had Arsenal & Liverpool, 90's & 2000's It's been United & Chelsea.
The same can be said about international football in the early 60's & 70's England & Brazil were the most glamours teams to watch, late 70's early 80's it was Argentina & Holland, in the late 80's early 90's we had the Germans & Italy, then in the late 90's early 2000's we all wanted to play the French way. Now days we all want to jump on the Spanish wagon.
NB: *Through out these periods in club football United have won trophies and had memorable games through each of the decades.
*Brazil have also done this internationally throughout the decades.
proving that the theory 'You learn from your History, play the way you are brought up' works.
Brazil have never changed the way they develop their kids through the different ages of football. Look what happened when Dunga tried to make Brazil play defensive football @ the last world cup. Brazilians were outraged. players past & present were calling for him to step down. And as we witnessed Brazil went out of the world cup way too early.
Germany tore through the heart of the English back line, After that game we all thought they would go on and win the 2010 world cup, how wrong we all were.
Football and culture go hand in hand. If the F.A want to develop our kids into future world cup winners they need to go through the archives and find the file's dated from the late 50's to the early 70's. And start playing the english way again! Forget Spain, Forget Holland Lets play the ENGLISH way!
Sir Bobby knew this and if it wasn't for a penalty shootout, who knows what would of happened?