Liverpool legend Barnes: Hodgson humility right fit for England

Liverpool legend John Barnes has questioned England's youth development structure.

Liverpool legend John Barnes has questioned England's youth development structure.

Barnes has warned ­English football that things will get worse before they get ­better in terms of the country ­being a force on the world stage.

Barnes, speaking at the opening of the new National Football Museum in Manchester, told the Daily Star Sunday: “We are the home of the game but historically Hungary showed us how to play, then Real Madrid did.

“We should have had a more humble approach many years ago in terms of where we actually are.

“With Roy Hodgson as England manager, there is a new humility in recognising that we are not the best. But with hard work and greater desire – which Roy epitomises – then we can be successful.

“However, we’ve just had a bit of a setback in FIFA ranking us No.4 in the world. Oh, let’s get back to thinking we are the best and start talking about winning the World Cup.

“What we have to do is develop. The Euros showed we’ll get bodies on the line and have the right commitment and right heart.

“But with the FA opening St George’s Park, we are now going to try to develop in a more technical way.

“We need young English managers to come through but at the moment, in terms of our managers, you think of Harry Redknapp and Hodgson.

“Unfortunately, it is ­going to get worse before it gets better for England with the ­national team – but the clubs will be fine.”

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