Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Mathieu at a loss over England

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu admits he is baffled by the England national side's troubles given the quality of their base at St George's Park.

Last Updated: 01/08/14 at 15:47 Post Comment

Jeremy Mathieu: Has trained with Barcelona at St George's Park this week

Jeremy Mathieu: Has trained with Barcelona at St George's Park this week

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Summer signing Mathieu has been greatly impressed by the complex in Burton upon Trent, where he and his Barca team-mates have been working this week on a pre-season training camp.

Regular occupants England crashed out of the World Cup this summer at the group stage, managing just one point and two goals in their three pool fixtures in Brazil.

And France international Mathieu said on Friday: "I don't know why, having these lovely facilities, England haven't done well - it is something I cannot answer.

"The English team would be the right people to answer that question.

"We only can say that we have enjoyed so much the great facilities and the amazing pitch.

"All the team have been so happy to train together and to get to know each other much better."

The experience will have been particularly significant to Mathieu, with him having only just joined the Catalan outfit from Primera Division rivals Valencia.

There have been questions raised about the 20 million euro (£15.9million) fee Barca paid out for the 30-year-old.

And, as he looks to establish himself at a club who have lost the services of the retired Carles Puyol, it would appear Mathieu has a significant task on his hands to prove himself at the Nou Camp.

However, he insists it will be a "pleasure" trying to replace former skipper Puyol at the back and is feeling optimistic about his prospects with his new employers.

"To be honest, for me it is a pleasure to play in the place of Puyol," Mathieu said.

"Obviously everyone knows he was a great player, but for me, this is nothing impossible. I will try to do my best and hopefully I will do well for Barcelona."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Transfer news: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be 'dream' to join Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be "a dream" to play for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea: Mourinho gives flops silent treatment

Jose Mourinho was so disappointed by Chelsea's defeat to League One Bradford that he dished out the silent treatment.

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Mail Box

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company