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Sports News of Tuesday, 15 July 2014


England cannot copy Germany - Gary Neville

England coach Gary Neville says it is impossible for the team to replicate Germany's model to win the World Cup.

Germany won the 2014 tournament in Brazil on Sunday with coach Joachim Low saying the victory was the result of a 10-year project to develop players.

England were eliminated from the World Cup after two Group D games.

"People who write - 'England should follow the German route' are oblivious to the obstacle or believe in magic wands!" tweeted Neville.

A response to Neville stated that Germany did not use "magic wands" to which the former Manchester United right-back answered: "No but a Holistic approach! Won't happen here."

Neville added: "Course it would be great to follow that route but you may as well say 'England needs weather like Spain'."

Six of the German squad that won the 2014 World Cup were part of the side that beat England in the European Under-21 Championship in June 2009.

Only one England player from that side was in Roy Hodgson's squad in Brazil. England lost their opening two group games against Italy and Uruguay at the tournament before coming back home after a goalless draw with Costa Rica in their final game.

"We are going to have to find our way of doing it because the system we have doesn't allow us to adopt the German route in its entirety," said Neville.

"I'm confident the mountain is starting to move. But it's a slow shift and results will take time but I see things happening behind the scenes."

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