St Jakob Park

Next Game

Switzerland v England

Monday, 08 September 2014, 19:45

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E

Last Game

Costa Rica 0 - 0 England

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 17:00

World Cup Group D

Taylor: Youth tournaments key

Peter Taylor has told Sky Sports News releasing the best talent for youth tournaments would benefit both clubs and England's senior team.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 12:00 Post Comment

Peter Taylor: Led England U20 side into summer World Cup in Turkey

Peter Taylor: Led England U20 side into summer World Cup in Turkey

Taylor has more experience than most of how international coaching works in England having managed the U21s and - albeit briefly - taken charge of the senior side.

As recently as this summer the 60-year-old was chosen to lead England at the U20 World Cup in Turkey, where they suffered a first-round exit - the same fate as befell their U21 counterparts at the European Championship.

Those failures, in part, have prompted new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke to set up a commission looking into the reasons for the dwindling pool of English players in the Premier League.

And while Taylor would welcome some kind of quota system, he believes co-operation between the FA and leading clubs, coaching standards and tournament experience are all areas which need addressing.

He said: "If there's an exceptional player - Jack Wilshere, for example, who is one of best we've got - there's no need for him to play U21 football. He's playing in the Champions League and I don't think he'd get too much out of it.

"If they're not exceptional then we should take our time and be patient - a yo-yo effect is not good for the players. If a player is in the senior team, then he's not, I think it's a bit confusing.

"The good thing about the failures in the summer is they've made people realise we've got to do more. We've got to have our best players playing in tournaments.

"If I was an owner of a Premier League club I would want my best young player to go to a tournament because he will come back a better player - on the strength of what I saw in Turkey.

"Ross Barkley, for instance, has come back and got in Everton's team. It was a brilliant experience for Ross.

"We've got to start taking these things more seriously, get out there and give our players good experience. Win tournament football at younger ages and there's a fair chance you'll win at U21 level, at senior level."

Taylor is, at least, encouraged by the FA's recent appointment of former West Brom man Dan Ashworth as director of elite development.

He said: "The difference now is there are more plans in place. I'm sure Dan Ashworth will do very very well.

"There are going to be plans on what type of things we coach - the type of things which at international football may be slightly different from league football.

"I think the coaches will know the type of things the FA is looking for. That's then got to be agreed with the clubs and the individual players to make sure you do the programme correctly."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

P

resumably, Diaby is in this team but receiving treatment

lee
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

A

deadwood 11 and not an arsenal player listed. Heady days.

EssexGooner
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

W

ithout doing any research I would have to say that Richard Wright is the singular most successful ex Ipswich Town player I know. Yes, thats what the kaleidoscopic whirlwind of highs and lows feels like supporting the Tractor Boys. In other exciting news I saw two, count them, TWO squirrels today. What a start to August.

hump3.
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

Footer 365

Premier League: Jordan Henderson looking to raise game for Liverpool and England

Jordan Henderson is aware that he needs to 'step up' for Liverpool and England following the departures of key men.

Premier League: Paul Lambert delighted to have Roy Keane at Aston Villa

Paul Lambert is enjoying working alongside Roy Keane, a man he sees becoming a key figure at Aston Villa.

Premier League: Joel Campbell wants Arsenal chance after latest loan link

Joel Campbell is hoping to be given a chance at Arsenal this season after spending the past three years out on loan.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property