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Derby boss McClaren: English players struggle with tactics

Derby County boss Steve McClaren feels English players are behind their international peers when it comes to tactical nous.

McClaren believes it is harder to instruct English players on tactical issues.

The current Derby County boss said: "Dutch players are very strong technically and tactically. It comes about from the way they are brought up by the clubs from an early age.

"At Twente, the 11-year-old youth players would watch first-team games on video and be set homework on a certain tactical aspect. It develops a very strong tactical understanding of the game from a very early age. Everybody in the Netherlands is a coach.

"Both the Dutch and Germans respect the mental strength of English players and the physicality of the game. But there is not a lot of respect for the coaching cultures and systems in England.

"There is a lack of technical and tactical work in how our players are coached from a young age compared to other nations."

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