If anything, the two exercises at Wembley have driven me even further from caring much about England.
I find it faintly ludicrous that Southgate gave a debut to a centre forward who has 0 Premier League starts and that after the Brazil match he talks about impressive resilience, guts and spirit rather than anything on a technical level.
I find it ridiculous that the nation with the richest league in the world has found itself in the situation of having to use its international side in much the same way as a club side by bringing players through the ranks and relying on potential because the pool of available talent is so shallow. England are effectively now doing what Wales or Northern Ireland have had to do for years, blooding youngsters based on performances at younger age levels.
Whilst goalless draws against Brazil and Germany are fair results, they are friendlies. Didn’t England win in Berlin fairly recently? And beat Portugal before the Euros? Friendly results and performances largely mean very little when it comes to competitive tournaments.
And whilst there is clearly a lot of talent around those younger age groups, so much of it is simply potential. How many players in the past have shown loads of promise in their late teens / early 20s and then not pushed on to be the top players they looked like becoming. Micah Richards, Walcott, Wilshere, any number of goalkeepers.
I’m not saying that a number of these youngsters won’t go on to fulfil their potential, but hanging hopes on them feels pretty dangerous and isn’t the greatest indictment of where English football is right now.
Not really sure why I am posting this here, probably ky a bit of a reaction to a lot of what I have read elsewhere.