Scudamore admits England lag behind Germany

December 28, 2014 13:28:41 UK

Roy Hodgson’s England had a poor World Cup, picking up just one point in Brazil.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has admitted that youth development is better in Germany than it is in England.

The Germans finished bottom of Group A at Euro 2000 and this prompted them to reform their youth system. It paid dividends as they were crowned World Cup winners in July, beating Argentina 1-0 in the final. They are 5.50 to retain their trophy in Russia in 2018, while they are 4.50 to win Euro 2016.

Germany has done a great deal for the development of young players since 2001 and we’re still lagging behind.

Richard Scudamore

Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze are both products of the new system, while six members of their World Cup-winning squad played in the 2009 European Championship Under-21s final when Germany beat England 4-0.

In contrast, only one player in England’s 2014 World Cup squad – James Milner – featured in that game and there have been similar calls for reform following another abysmal World Cup campaign in which the Three Lions failed to pick up a single win. England are 21.00 to win the next World Cup and 12.00 to win the European Championships in 18 months’ time.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Scudamore admitted that England must follow the Germans’ lead if they are to be successful on the international stage.

He said: “Germany has done a great deal for the development of young players since 2001 and we’re still lagging behind.

“The quote from [Germany coach Joachim] Low that winning the World Cup title was only made possible by the reform of German football and hard work is something we in England have got to remember.”

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