Southampton legend Le Tissier: Big wages killing kids ambition

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier feels England's development problems stem from money. Le Tissier believes young players lose their drive once they win their first fat contract.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier feels England's development problems stem from money.

Le Tissier believes young players lose their drive once they win their first fat contract.

He told the Daily Mail: "You take away a boy's desire by giving them too much too young. And that's why a lot of times kids will come through, look decent and all of sudden they're on 10 or 20 grand a week and the levels of their performance go down.

"You've just given them a four-year contract on twenty grand a week - what do you expect? I don't mind people earning great money, just give it to them gradually when they've earnt it, not before they've done anything."

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