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This Picture Shows Why Germany Are Kings And England Paupers

An image of the two line-ups of the 2009 Euro U21 final has been doing the rounds on social media and begs the question: why did the German players fulfil their potential and the English ones not?

In total, seven players from the team in 2009 are still part of the Germany squad in 2016, with six of those players starting the quarter-final against Italy.

In contrast, only one England player has made it to the 2016 edition of the tournament, which is James Milner. As for the rest of the team, some have disappeared into relative obscurity.

Scott Loach now plies his trade at League Two side Notts County after spending six years at Watford. Martin Cranie is now at Championship side Huddersfield Town while Micah Richards – who for so long failed to live up to the hype surrounding him at Manchester City – moved to now-relegated Aston Villa.

Nedum Onuoha has been at Queens Park Rangers for four years, whereas Kieran Gibbs has remained relatively successful by sticking it out with Arsenal and was finally recalled into an England squad back in 2013.

What happened to Fabrice Muamba is of course tragic and could not have been predicted, but Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has never established himself as a full international.

Mark Noble has spent most of his career at West Ham, the less said about Adam Johnson the better and, of course, Theo Walcott has never quite been able to become the player so many England fans hoped he would become.

So why is it that Germany’s U21 team has gone on to create the backbone of a World Cup and potentially European Championship-winning side?

Roy Hodgson’s England squad for its latest failure had nine players that are 25 years or younger, showing that an entire generation of players has gone to waste.

The inability of English football to produce quality and depth at international level is shocking and in comparison to other European nations is genuinely embarrassing.

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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This article was written by a member of The PA Team.