England pick players on reputation, says ex-Germany international Hamann

Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes that England will never be able to play as a team because the players are picked on reputation, ESPN has reported.

Discussing the England team in his book, The Didi Man, he said: “I look at the England team in the last few years and for me, they haven’t picked a team, just picked players with the biggest reputation.

I thought under [Fabio] Capello that would change, he would look at what worked best as a team – but it didn’t change and you saw at the last World Cup certain players were only thinking of themselves.

It was a situation where some players didn’t even want to be there. But I think if you look at Roy Hodgson, he is doing a great job of at least creating a team spirit and making everyone feel together again.

Hamann made 59 appearances for Germany in eight years, and feels England will never get a team worthy of winning anything if they continue to pick players the way they do.

The 40-year-old finished his playing career for MK Dons, where he made 12 appearances during the 2010-11 season as a player-coach. Hamann then went onto Leicester City, where he became first team coach alongside Sven-Goran Eriksson, but eventually moved onto Stockport County, resigning in 2011.

England face Germany on Tuesday evening at Wembley as Roy Hodgson prepares for next summer’s World Cup.

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