Brazil’s, France’s, and Argentina’s Players All Beat England’s in Minutes Played
Is less playing time the reason behind the England football squad’s poor performance in competitions? This research data might suggest just that.
With the 2018 World Cup set to get underway in just a couple of more days, football fans the world over are likely thinking about little else apart from how their favored teams will do in the during the tournament. This is especially true for supporters of the England football squad, who did well enough during the qualifiers schedule, but have yet to shake off their reputation for wasting their qualifying match results by blowing it when the real deal comes around. The team didn’t make it past the group stage in the last FIFA World Cup, and they lost to Iceland during the round of 16 in the EURO 2016. So it’s not really unexpected that, across all of the predictions we’ve seen lately, England are being pegged to bow out early once again, and are far from your best bet, if you want optimal results.
But now, with data compiled by the CIES Football Observatory, an independent research group, we might just finally have at least one of the answers to the question of why England has been so disappointing in competitions like the FIFA World Cup. According to the numbers, the players on England’s 2018 World Cup team have played significantly less football at the club level this past season than those of Spain, France, and Brazil.
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