Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | England

England must stop living in the past



England coach Roy Hodgson insists his country's players and fans must stop thinking about past failures if they want to enjoy a successful future.

Hodgson has become increasingly aware of English football's unhealthy habit of wallowing in self-pity whenever the national team fails to live up to expectations.

England's series of painful penalty shoot-out defeats have also allowed some players to believe they were simply unlucky rather than not up to the standards required to win a major tournament.

If England qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Hodgson knows references to their failure to emulate the team's famous 1966 triumph are bound to be raised once again.

But former Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom boss Hodgson, who was the surprise choice to replace Fabio Capello as England manager last season, refuses to let negative thoughts cloud his vision of the team's future.

"One of my concerns for England has always been that we're not trying to win in the present, we're trying to win in the past and we can't do that," Hodgson told FATV.

"I know there's 1966 and that it's 50 years and that we've failed here and there and missed penalty shoot-outs, but unfortunately there's not very much I can do now to change anything that's historical.

"You can't turn back the clock and you can't win yesterday. You can only win today and while winning today, you can only have an eye on how we can win tomorrow."

Hodgson has brought in several young players in a bid to purge the squad of the selt-doubt caused by past failures.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson were among those to make their debuts in a friendly against Sweden last month, while Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were part of his Euro 2012 squad despite their limited experience.

However, with the exception of Sterling, none of that quartet could be regarded as first-choice for their clubs in a league where so many of its top stars are foreign.

Yet Hodgson sees little point arguing against the mass continental influx and instead called on English youngsters to raise their standards.

"Clubs will do what they have to do and I can't expect that a manager who is under pressure to get results is thinking long-term for the benefits of the English national side," he said.

"If he thinks his interests are best served by getting a player from Montenegro, Russia or Israel, they're entitled to do that.

"Rather than complain that there are a lot of foreign players, let's turn it on its head and make certain that our players do better.

"Take Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for example, who plays some games but not others. He has got to become so good that Arsene Wenger doesn't want to look elsewhere.

"That's what I've got to hope for and that's got to be their ambition."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Barclays Premier League - Matchday 3: West Ham Utd v Southampton
Tue, 02 Sep @ 05:00
Wed, 03 Sep @ 16:00

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
Where are Kenya's strikers?
I was watching the English Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea on Saturday night and...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...