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Martinez delivers withering attack on English academies over selection policies
Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2012 by Dailymail

Roberto Martinez believes English football is destroying many of its best players before they even reach the professional game.

Spain’s victory and incredible football has prompted concerns that England will never catch up.

However, the Wigan manager, the Barclays Premier League’s only Spanish boss, feels the problem

is not the players but a system that does not ask enough of young players.

Martinez delivers withering attack on English academies over selection policies
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‘I hate it when people say  English players cannot be as technical as Spanish,’ he said. ‘The English

player is technical. It’s in the age of 18-21 we have to improve.’

Martinez believes there is still a problem with the way some youth coaches approach the game.

‘Iniesta and Xavi would never have made it six years ago in a British team,’ he said. ‘The first

selection is, “Not tall enough, not strong enough”. That’s not right.’

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

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    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia