England coach Lewington fears for player development

Ray Lewington, assistant manager to England boss Roy Hodgson, believes the national team can call upon a wealth of talent but worries about the development of the players who cannot find a place in Premier League teams, Sky Sports has reported.

Lewington and Hodgson have been working with the England Under-21 side ahead of their early-season friendly with Scotland on a one-off basis after Stuart Pearce’s contract was not renewed as manager of the young Lions. A replacement has not yet been appointed and while Lewington is impressed with the standard on show, he admits to worrying for the players’ futures.

We are producing some exciting talent, but there is a blockage and they don’t get through,” Lewington said. “The blockage is there because there are lots of foreign players coming in. It’s great for the league. But from an English point of view it means there are so many blockages on the way to the top.

Players who would have got their chance a lot earlier have to wait a little longer. Football is instant now, managers can’t take chances. We have tipped the balance at the moment. It’s hard for the young players to break through. England will always produce good players, we are a footballing nation, it’s just whether they will get their chance,” Lewington added.

Pearce was let go after the Under-21 side struggled at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships, failing to win a game at the tournament in Israel.

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