sbobet asia The careers of Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli show there are major flaws in the academy system, according The Debate panel.
Vardy and Alli are two of 14 footballers named in the latest England squad that have played below the Sky Bet Championship at some point in their careers.
Burnley pair Nick Pope and James Tarkowski received call-ups last Thursday, completing remarkable rises for two players, who had both been playing in League One in 2016.
Former England international Matthew Upson, who came through at Luton, believes gaining an education down in the lower leagues gives players valuable experience and a perspective that coming through at a Premier League club doesn't provide. sbobet asia
Upson said on The Debate: "When you look at Jamie Vardy, his star asset is his carefree, high-octane nature - he leaves it all out on the pitch - I think there's something about that which makes it hard to coach in an academy system.
"It's the same with Dele Alli - there's a common trait in these players. He plays like he's on the park - I don't see many players in the academy level that play with that freedom.
"You can see a pathway into the Premier League more than ever now. There is hope you can reach that level.
"Even with the money in the game now and the pathway from the lower leagues to the Premier League is there, it indicates there is something in the lower league set-up that is a real asset at the top of the game." sbobet asia
sbo666 It was penalty heartache again for England in the European U17 Championship as Steve Cooper's side were beaten by Holland in the semi-finals on Thursday night. The Young Lions lost last year's final in a shootout and after a goalless draw at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium, it was disappointment once more.
Holland had six successful attempts before Arsenal's Folarin Balogun saw his kick saved by Joey Koorevaar. Holland started brightly and an early corner caused a scramble inside the England penalty area as Luca Ashby-Hammond bravely saved from Ramon Hendriks at point-blank range, taking the full force of the shot in his face.
Ashby-Hammond was called into action again shortly afterwards, pushing away a 25-yard effort from Mohammed Ihattaren before Daishawn Redan missed the target with a header. England survived and improved as half-time approached, creating good chances of their own. sbo666
Bukayo Saka should have done better than send his effort over the crossbar before Faustino Anjorin saw a low shot clip the foot of the far post after a mazy run. Bobby Duncan went close with a free-kick that went underneath the defensive wall but narrowly wide before Duncan and Arvin Appiah both just failed to connect with Saka's low cross as they slid in at the far post.
Ihattaren dragged a shot across the face of goal early in the second half before failing to turn Ryan Gravenberch's cross on target after 67 minutes. The same player had a chance right at the end of the match but sent his header wide before Holland prevailed to set up a final showdown with Italy on Sunday. sbo666
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