Ex-Spurs boss Pleat slams England's U20 World Cup campaign

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat was unimpressed by England's performance at the U20 World Cup.

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat was unimpressed by England's performance at the U20 World Cup.

It is now 16 years since England last managed to win a game at the U20s World Cup finals – a Michael Owen goal that earned them victory over Mexico in 1997.

Pleat told the Daily Express: “We have to restore the pride of playing for your country with England.

“Players have got to want to play for the national side. I don’t feel there is the same determination to be capped as there once was.

“International football used to be bigger than club football. Players are now getting too much money at a young age and the patriotism of playing for your country is not there. The FA has to discuss it."

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