England just don’t have the quality, says former captain Bryan Robson
And he also believes it will take time before any world-class players emerge from the ranks
Bryan Robson, England’s third-most-capped captain, believes the national side’s lack of world-class players makes them deeply uncompetitive and that it may be a two-year wait before any emerge from the ranks.
“You need world class players to compete in major competitions and we haven’t got enough at this moment,” Robson said. “You would hope that some of the young lads come through and prove they are top quality players, the likes of [Daniel] Sturridge, [Raheem] Sterling, [Ross] Barkley and [Luke] Shaw. Now that they are coming into the squad, they are getting the chance, but we just have to wait for a year or two years.
“There are others, such as [Alex Oxlade-] Chamberlain and [Jack] Wilshere, who you have to give time to progress to become top-drawer players. Otherwise, if they prove that they are just good players, it will be a disappointment. Because of the qualifying group we have for Euro 2016, I think we can go on and progress to the finals again, but as far as going on to win something like that, I still think we are way off.”
Robson was speaking at an event in Los Angeles hosted by Bulova — Manchester United’s official timekeeper.
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