I was reading GQ yesterday and there was this article on the English national team called “Faster, fitter, stronger…dumber?”
It basically talked about how English players put instinct over intelligence. I found it very interesting. It started with Jamie Carragher story.
"he recalls that Xabi Alonso was always up for talking tactics. Javier Mascherano, too. generally the best foreign players would always analyse the events of the day, the plan for weekend, and the majority watched midweek games on television and thought about what they saw. Carragher says, however, that he can count on his fingers the times he became involved in a lengthy, meaningful conversation about the mechanics of football with another English player. They didn’t want to know. The English just love playing, he says. They run hard, their attitude is ferocious, they won’t concede defeat. Yet intellectually, they can be football ignoramuses. Not unintelligent, just not interested.Carragher has long believed that the limit of England’s progress at international tournaments is governed more by thoughts than ability. The country has the players, but not the thinkers."
Here is another part of the article I found interesting
"Suppose Pep Guardiola had come to Chelsea and had wanted to change Cole as he did Bayern Munich fullback Philipp Lahm, who now operates in holding midfield? Unthinkable. Yet, technically, is Cole inferior to Lahm? Of course not, he just lacks his imagination."
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