Wembley

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

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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

aha, as a German supporting United I can only agree with your great insight in German football! No idea why, but I HATE Eintracht Braunschweig and please don't ever place a bet on Leverkusen, they mess up my ticket every time!

utzelot
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

M

ichael Owen's BT Sport commentary. Michael Owen's Match of the Day punditry. Michael Owen's annual moustache. Michael Owen's unwavering belief that Michael Owen could still do a job for England if called upon in the next major tournament

stevenjameshyde
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

L

VG with Rooney up top. The 3 in MF being Blind, Herrera and Mata. Young on LW and Di Maria or Januzaj on the RW. You know it makes sense.

GVMUFC
Big Tactical Calls For Manchester Pair

Footer 365

Manchester City boss Pellegrini hits back over recent criticism

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has come out fighting amid speculation over his future at the Etihad.

Petr Cech not likely to leave Chelsea unless huge transfer fee involved

Jose Mourinho says it will take "huge money" to prise goalkeeper Petr Cech away from Chelsea this summer.

Mile Jedinak will serve four-match ban after accepting FA charge

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak will serve a four-match suspension after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

Mail Box

There Are Mitigating Circumstances For LVG

One Mailboxer is admant there are mitigating circumstances to LVG's struggles at Manchester Utd and he offers his four signings for next season...

LVG Stick Needs A Little Context...

LVG's rough ride from the media needs some context - then you would understand, while the Mailbox urges Nabil Bentaleb to go down...

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