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Perfecting basic football skills should be a priority
FOOTBALL Association chairman Greg Dyke (The Press, September 5) is right to say that our Premier League is awash with foreign players simply because they are mostly more skilled and adaptable to the current game.
Until our outdated coaching methods are drastically altered nothing is likely to change.
Our aim should be to create footballers, not full-backs or midfielders etc. From a very early age we need to coach basic skills such as ball control, dribbling (the dying art) and have them perform solely in five-a-side league formats until about the age of 12 or 13.
By then they will have developed as a footballer and their best position will have evolved naturally and only then should their introduction to the eleven-a side game be considered.
Unfortunately, under the current system a young lad is designated a full-back, midfielder or forward and is lumbered forever with that tag.
Therefore only a very few reach the top of the English game and as a consequence our national side will continue in the second or third tier of world soccer.
Bill Bevan, Eastfield Crescent, York.
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