BT Sport will air a documentary on English football culture which, judging by the preview snippets released, will be nothing less than fascinating.
For years, players, managers, pundits and fans alike have discussed, argued and ran around in circles in attempts to put their finger on why the national team underachieves so often. In truth, there is a plethora of factors leading to England’s failure at major tournament level in modern times. It impossible to pinpoint one single reason for the country’s inability to produce players who live up to their potential on the international stage.
One factor which is always a topic for complex conversation on the matter is the youth academy systems the country has.
‘No Hunger In Paradise’ is the documentary which explores the holes in the English youth football system.
Basically, the question asked by the BT Sport production is, ‘are the young footballers of England given too much, too young?’
England manager Gareth Southgate is on hand to offer his thoughts on the subject, along with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard amongst others.
The following clip of a discussion with Gerrard is particularly insightful, where he points out what it takes to really make it as a top player, having gone through the acadamey system at Liverpool and established himself as a model professional with longevity and accolades to show for it.
Gerrard is now manager of the Liverpool under-18’s and is learning about the culture and attitude differences between when he was a youngster attempting to break into the first team at Anfield and the young academy players of today. There is a stark contrast.
‘No Hunger In Paradise’ airs on BT Sport 1 on Sunday, January 7th, 6.30 p.m.