'England doesn’t produce enough talent' - Vieira
- Thu 11 Oct 2012, 8:19AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
City’s Football Development Officer has given his views on how the England national team can catch up on the rest of Europe.
St George’s Park, the new home of the English FA was finally opened yesterday, providing a base for English football from the youth teams all the way through to the first team.
It’s a move that City’s Patrick Vieira embraces but he believes that the hard work is yet to come if England want to match his nation’s achievements of winning a World Cup and European Championship.
"For a big country like England, with the number of kids who love the game, you don't produce enough talent," said Vieira in today’s Guardian.
"I strongly believe one of the reasons is the coaches. They need to review how to coach the kids from eight years old to 21.
“I believe that in England they [the players] are not as proud as they used to be," said Vieira.
"In England, I really don't understand how come so many young players from the age of 16 to 21 pull out of the national team through injury.
"I believe in this country there is a passion and a love of the game – that is a strength in this country.
"So perhaps more needs to be done on the technical side to try to improve that gap because the heart of the English players is, I would say, double or triple that of Spanish or French players."
Elsewhere, reported City target Falcao has had a £48m price tag slapped on him by general manager Gil Marin, according to Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.
"Sixty million euros for Falcao would solve all the economic problems at Atletico," said Marin.
"In Europe there are 50 clubs with more income than we have. If we were to sell Falcao for 60 million, then that would cover our debts. But I can say for sure that he will stay with us until the end of the season.
With talk of a striker heading into the Etihad Stadium, one that’s currently here Edin Dzeko has refused to be pushed to the margins, declaring that he won’t be the one to make way on the ESPN website.
"Every time I see a paper, for what seems like a year or more there is a story saying that I am leaving City, or that I want to go,” said Dzeko.
“But I've never said that so the stories don't come from me. I've always wanted to stay at City and fight for my place. My motto has always been 'Never give up'.
“I hope the City fans who have always been fantastic towards me have seen I can score important goals for the team and that's what I want to carry on doing."
It’s enough to make you wish it was Dzeko Day every day…