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England blueprint includes emulating Spain

The English FA, which held talks last week with Coach Fabio Capello in the wake of England's disappointing World Cup showing, announced its rebuilding plan includes calling up a new generation of young England stars, order them to play like Spain, and groom a group of top ex-players into coaching as part of the FA’s post World Cup blueprint.

The FA said Capello’s new generation must be schooled to play soccer with “similar technique, mental alertness and passing ability, combined with goals” of the world champion Spain. Capello is to speed through the “best younger players” into the senior lineup. Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott, Jack Rodwell, Kieron Gibbs and Jordan Henderson are the prime candidates.

The FA also wants Capello to extend his role to developing coaches so that a “group of Englishmen” will be available to consider as the Italian's successor when his contract runs out in two years.

England Managing Director Adrian Bevington said, “We fully understand the fans and the wider public anger and frustration. ... We have a responsibility to put immediate and long term plans in place to give England a genuine chance of success in tournaments to come. ...  [FA director of football development] Sir Trevor [Brooking] is working very hard with his counterparts at the Premier League, Football League and all club academy directors to ensure we do develop, share and deliver a long-term plan.

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1 comment about "England blueprint includes emulating Spain".
  1. James Froehlich, July 20, 2010 at 1:42 p.m.

    Bravo to England. So much for all of the inane comments about the boring style of Spain!! If England, the home of "kick and rush" can admit that they need to change, is it possible that US Soccer could step up and meet the same challenge. I've gotten so tired of hearing Spain's style of passing referred to as "tiki taka" that I could spit. The Spanish don't play "tiki taka" but the US does. There is absolutely no similarity between the awful passing between US backs and the midfield and the mesmerizing interplay between Spain's backs and their magic midfield. Now if US Soccer would step up and give Klinsman the same authority that England is apparently giving Capello, maybe we can move forward at last.

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