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England enriches itself with the ‘Bellingham plan’: "We are not the center of the world"

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England enriches itself with the ‘Bellingham plan’: "We are not the center of the world"

England’s failures in the 2014 World Cup (eliminated in the group stage) and in the 2016 Euro Cup (eliminated by Iceland in the round of 16) They brought Gareth Southgate to the ‘Three Lions’. And the new coach was worried about not having English footballers competing abroad.

“We have to broaden our horizons. The players see the Premier and think that we are the center of the world. And we are not. It is a quite harsh reality. There is a national characteristic of not going abroad. Our League’s finances aren’t going to help that, but it will be interesting,” Southgate reflected when he took over.

However, in his first list for a final phase (World Cup 2018), The former player did not call up any footballer who would play outside the Premier, following the trend marked a decade ago. In the four tournaments prior to his arrival (World Cup 2010 and 2014 and Euro Cup 2012 and 2016) there was only one ‘foreigner’ (Forster (Celtic).

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The English footballers had settled back into their Island. The end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st were left behind, in which Lineker (Barcelona), Keegan (Hamburgo), Gascoigne (Lazio), Ince (Inter), Platt (Juventus), Owen, McManaman y Beckham (Real Madrid), Hargreaves (Bayern)… compete in the best Leagues on the old continent. The latest stars of England (Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard, Terry…) achieved the best of their careers in football.

Everything has changed. England is getting richer with the ‘Bellingham plan’. “Jude, for example, competes in a club like Real Madrid with the pressure of winning every week and trains every day with outstanding footballers. Before, he matured living in Dortmund. He is winning games for one of the biggest clubs in the world, which is exceptional,” Southgate proclaimed.

Jude, for example, competes in a club like Real Madrid with the pressure of winning every week and trains every day with outstanding footballers. Before, I matured living in Dortmund

Gareth Southgate, England coach

Bellingham is the tip of the iceberg of an unstoppable trend. In September, against Ukraine, IEngland field three players (Kane (Bayern), Henderson (Al-Ettifaq) and Jude (Real Madrid) who compete outside the Premiersomething that has not happened since 1993, when against Norway they were in the eleven of Taylor Gascoigne, Platt and Walker, all of them competing in Serie A.

The best in LaLiga and the Bundesliga

In this pre-Euro call, the two leaders on the list (Kane and Bellingham) play outside. The all-rounder is the top scorer in LaLiga (16 goals) and the leader of Real Madrid and the ‘9’ is the ‘Golden Boot’ and top scorer of the Bundesliga (31 goals) with Bayern. Captain Kane and Star Bellingham command a summons in which there are another ‘foreigner’ like Henderson (Ajax). And behind them come Dier (Bayern), Sancho and Bynoe-Gittens (Dortmund), Tomori (Milan), Abraham and Smalling (Roma), Edwards (Sporting CP), Greenwood (Getafe)…

For years there have been no English players abroad and now we have them in Italy, Germany, Spain… It is good for their individual development and, consequently, for England

Gareth Southgate, England coach

“For years there have been no English players abroad and now we have them in Italy, Germany, Spain… It is good for their individual development and, consequently, for England,” said Southgate. The coach has already taken two footballers from outside the Premier to Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup (Bellingham, Sancho and Trippier). In Germany they may be more. “There has always been a stigma that English footballers don’t play abroad because we don’t have the right characteristics for it. I want to prove them wrong,” explained a Jude who is paving the way.

There has always been a stigma that English players don’t play abroad because we don’t have the right characteristics to do so. I want to prove them wrong

Jude Bellingham, midfielder for Real Madrid and England

Next to Foden (City), Saka and Rice (Arsenal), Palmer (Chelsea), Rashford (United)… are the best player in LaLiga and the Bundesliga. “It has been difficult because outside your country you have to solve everything, but playing in new stadiums and against different rivals has given me a lot of excitement. I am enjoying this experience,” Kane noted. This is the new England.



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