England ‘world champions at wasting talent’

Updated: January 30, 2012

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World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has criticised England’s way of bringing up and coming players by saying that the England are “world champions at wasting talent” and playing “a game based on fear”.

Henry singled out Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Delon Armitage as players who have impressed him but may never reach their potential.

He said “At national level and club level, English teams are far too worried about securing possession. England has top-draw attacking players (but) they are seldom used. No wonder England had trouble scoring tries against the better teams at the World Cup.”

He also added “A country with over a million players should be the best team in the world and England’s potential in the backs is as good as it has ever been. But how frustrated those players must get in a white shirt. England and the English clubs played a game based on fear and a generation of promising backs are dying on their feet. That has to change.”

England start their Six Nations campaign under new coach Stuart Lancaster against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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