Really like the review The Guardian UK, especially the 5th reason:
Tired players and not enough homegrown talent available
This was the oldest England side to depart the country for a World Cup and, at times, it showed. Capello conceded last night that his players “appeared tired” after the domestic campaign. That told only half the story.
The ‘Golden Generation’ had been presented with one last shot at gleaning a major trophy but, in truth, these players merely ended up emulating their toils of previous tournaments. The sense of deflation in the end was all too familiar. The very fact that Capello had felt compelled to lure Carragher out of a three-year international retirement, and King from the treatment room at Tottenham Hotspurtable, was indicative of the paucity of resources at his disposal. The Italian even sounded out Paul Scholes on the eve of naming his squad, and midfield was an area of the team England were supposed to be strongest.
The reality is, as Capello has pointed out in the past, that only some 38% of players who feature regularly in the Premier League are available to the England manager for selection. The league may be considered to be the most competitive and attractive in the world by many, but it is arguably to the detriment of the national team. The biggest worry, of course, is that the next generation of players who emerge to replace the current crop have found opportunities so limited to make an impact at the top-end of the top flight. The FA talk up the current under-17s, but what happens until they are ready to progress?
Full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jun/28/england-failure-world-cup-2010
THE SURVEYOR’S COMMENT:
These so called Golden Generation even become millionaires and celebrities (who believe at their own hype). They seem to be living in their own dream world and may be seen as heroes and nominees in TV shows but when reality kicks in (pronounced: playing in the World Cup against other countries), they are inferior. They also forgetting the fact that the team’s success is also supported by regeneration of both local and international players (not by relying solely on the manager and the somehow divine power of “since we invented the game, we’ll always prevail”). Take the Germans for example, who value player regenerations and hardwork, delivered fantastic performance throughout this year’s biggest world soccer fest before finally (honorably) losing to the Spaniards. The Germans’ calmness and confidence are result of familiarity. Reading opponents’ ball direction patterns and anticipating opponents actions are a breeze to the Germans since they’ve done them (ridiculously) many times during their practice sessions with coach Joachim.
In the end, some questions might arise: Who/what is this Golden Generation? Is Golden Generation overrated? Should the British learn from the Germans this time?