Germany Are In Fashion But England Must Not Forget Its Football Identity, Says Gary Neville: The Nightly EPL

Opinionated pundit Gary Neville is back with his weekly column in The Sunday Mail. Today he writes about how England must not forget is football identity. If you’re a football supporter, it’s an informative read.

For example, Neville discusses how Bayern Munich’s formation that beat Barcelona on Wednesday was straight out of an old school English coaching manual.

“As far as English football is concerned, the German system is as near to our game as we’re going to get in terms of the strength, power, intensity and high tempo. And what Wednesday night’s performance tells you is that with energy, organization and structure — all of which are English characteristics — you can achieve plenty.

Neville closes his opinion piece, by stating:

“It is the time of year when we start trying to find a new footballing identity for our country. Last year Athletic Bilbao beat Manchester United and we needed to be Spaniards. This year, the Bundesliga prevails and we must be Germans.

“But we should maintain perspective. The reality is the quality of the players is paramount in deciding a game, rather than the tactics.

“England need to develop their own football identity but we should embrace what is good from abroad while maintaining faith in our own determination, discipline and work-rate. Ironically, it might have taken two German teams to remind us of that.”

Mark my words, Gary Neville will be the manager of England someday in the future. He has a greater vision of what’s good about the England game and how to adapt elements of the foreign game that can enhance England’s chance. The future looks bright for England with Neville involved on the coaching staff.

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