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Barton slams quality of coaches

Joey Barton questions British coaching talent

By | 11th September 2013
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Queens Park Rangers midfielder and former England international Joey Barton has slammed the quality of coaches in the United Kingdom, openly questioning the quality of the four home nations’ managers. Barton took to his Twitter account to blame the region’s footballing failures on the lack of coaching quality following some dismal performances from Northern Ireland and Wales over this international break. On top of their failures, Scotland lost at home to Belgium while England was held to a scoreless draw against Ukraine last night.

Barton has only received one cap during his long career in professional football when he was called up by Steve McClaren for a 2007 friendly match against Spain at Old Trafford. The midfielder currently finds himself in the Championship with Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers side after completing his loan move with Marseille at the end of last season.

Barton’s tweet comes in the middle of a national debate sparked by new FA chairman Greg Dyke, who has blamed an influx of foreigners in the Premier League for the lack of opportunities afforded to young English talent.

The Three Lions have their World Cup destiny in their own hands after this international break. Two wins in their final two World Cup qualifying matches will guarantee a spot in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

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  1. Simon Ashby says:

    Simon Ashby • 19 minutes ago −
    Joey Barton's track record with twitter is all too well documented, but here he actually has a point. The national game is in a woeful state with home player pickings thin on the ground. You only have to look at England's striking options and that should be enough. Players up front for England in 2013 have included:

    Andy Carrol: injury prone and for a long time out of the form he once showed at Newcastle (1 appearance).

    Jermain Defoe: If he starts a league game for Spurs this season there will have to be an injury crises. The man needs regular top flight football if he's to be any use to England (4 Appearances)

    Wayne Rooney: Unsettled, it seems unhappy and certainly no-longer top dog at united. (7 Appearances)

    Danny Welbeck: Ok the lad is improving, but if anyone actually believes the lad will ever be world class they have lost the plot.(4 Appearances)

    Ricky Lambert: He's deserved his chance and grabbed it with both hands. However, age alone means he can hardly be the future.

    That leaves Walcott who is yet to prove to many he can lead the line and Daniell Sturridge who at long last seems to have found regular football after a seriously stop start career.

    This season has seen a record low of English players starting for their clubs in the Premier League, just 34% compared to Spain's 63%.The top clubs are:

    Norwich 6: Ruddy, Turner, E Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Redmond

    Southampton 6: Shaw, Chambers, Lallana, Ward-Prowse, Lambert, Rodriguez

    Aston Villa 5: Lowton, Baker, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor

    Cardiff 5: Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Campbell, Connolly

    Man Utd 5: Ferdinand, Jones, Carrick, Cleverley, Welbeck

    To any fan who watches MOTD on a Saturday night this is not news, but it seems to be to our F.A, who drag their feet on every decision, seem to have no plan as how to address the issue. Sacking Brooking may not be the answer, but football fans who think England have the foundations in place to win a trophy any thime soon are sadly deluded

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