EURO 2016: Why England Failed – Vieira

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Former France international, Patrick Vieira has passed a damning verdict on the senior England national team, berating them for an abysmal performance during the just concluded Euro 2016.

The former Arsenal captain won the World Cup and European Championship with France, and he believes too many distractions cost Roy Hodgson’s young squad dear.

“To go the European Championships or the World Cup you have to be prepared for that kind of tournament and the best way to prepare is to give experience to those players,” Vieira told Sky Sports.

“When you look at the number of young players who went to the championship, they need to know how to conduct themselves.

“When I see players going to play golf between games, I find it quite difficult to understand. When you are in a tournament like that, your only focus is football.

“You play a game and get fit for the next one. You do not have time to play golf in between the two [games] and if you are bored, that is a problem.

“For me, that is a lack of experience and a lack of organisation. Players don’t go to the U18, U19, U20 European Championships to have an experience so they know what to expect and how to conduct themselves when they go to [senior] tournaments.

“That is a mentality they have to change. It is not about talent, quality or coaches. It is just about the mindset of the players when the tournament is coming.”

England are now on the lookout for their next manager following Hodgson’s resignation, with Sam Allardyce and Jurgen Klinsmann the two main names in the frame, but Vieira believes his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would make a good choice, if he could be convinced to take the role on.

“A lot of people would love to have the job, who have experience, because you need that when you are talking about the national job,” Vieira added.

“It has to be someone who knows the Premier League, who knows the players really well and who has got experience as well. If I had to give you a name, Arsene Wenger would be a good one.


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