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Ex Saint Slams Youth Mentality

Graeme Le Saux has come out and slammed both clubs and players for their lack of interest in the various England international teams. Le Saux spoke out after another summer of abject failure from young England squads.

With Stuart Pearce released after his under 21 side failed abysmally the coach complained about the loss of up to 17 players that could have featured for him in the U21 European Championship Tournament.

Saints, for their part, were supportive of England, with right-back Nathaniel Clyne an integral part of Pearce`s squad, and midfielder James Ward-Prowse released to feature for the under-20s.

Luke Shaw would have been available as well bar an unfortunate injury.

Le Saux insisted that clubs and players need to feel that being selected to represent your country is a great honour, and reflects well on both.

"It`s important that the players respect the competitions and that they value the international competitions that they play in," said the former left-back, who made 47 appearances for Saints, from 2003 to 2005.

"We need to create through the FA. With the under-21s there was a lot of talk about certain players not going. We need to address that. These tournaments are significant parts of your development as a player.

There seems to be a general lack of interest in our national sides but that would change if they were more successful I feel sure. It may be forlorn, but I still hope to see our international teams win a tournament in the not so distant future.

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Date:Thursday July 4 2013

Time: 8:19AM

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England have lost thier way...too many youth team player in the team based on potential rather than ability.
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04/07/2013 09:13:00

Nowadays there seems to be a malaise with regard to our international teams. Lack of general interest from many football fans which is quite often apparent to others does not encourage.
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04/07/2013 09:15:00

If the FA maybe took it seriously maybe clubs would, because bottom line at every international level it;s only the clubs who miss out when it comes to injuries and the like. I've heard Spain play some of their World Cup winners in their U21 side to really inspire their youngsters. England leave youngsters on the bench at full level when they should be playing a huge role at U21 level.

Frankly though, I couldn't give a stuff about England and I doubt I ever will, but I disagree with Le Saux suggesting players themselves don't 'respect' the call up, especially at U21 level. At that age it's experience and they jump for it, it's the overpaid 'stars' 25 plus who generally never give their all.
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