Former England coach Fabio Capello has outlined three reasons why the national team have failed in recent years.
Capello, 69, who took control of England for just over four years from December 2007 to February 2012, claims the culture in England is “special” but admitted the “intensity” of the football is “detrimental in tournament years”.
Four years on from Capello’s resignation and the Italian believes major changes need to be made for Roy Hodgson’s charges to be successful
“There are three main reasons for the failure of the national team at the highest level and until they are addressed it will be difficult to succeed,” Capello told The Sun.
“The first is the excuse culture that is ingrained in English football, the second is fatigue and the third is the pressure of wearing the England shirt because it hangs so heavily on the players.”
Capello, who only took charge of one major tournament whilst at the England helm, still points to the “excuse culture” that he believes blighted his 2010 World Cup campaign.
He added: “The excuse culture is unique to the England team, something the players have been conditioned to over the years.
“England players have the talent but they have to change the way they think.
“Everything is taken care of. Travel, facilities, hotels, transport, diet – it’s all monitored. Then they lose and there is always an excuse.
“When we lost to Germany at the World Cup there were so many excuses — the players were bored, they could not have a beer at night, they could not see their family enough, they could not meet their friends for a coffee.
“Four weeks is nothing to give at a major international tournament. What do you think they are going to do when they get there?
“It is a football team preparing for an international tournament – the players have to make sacrifices. They are not there to chase women. When they went to Brazil two years ago they stayed in a hotel by the beach in Rio and everyone said it would be different. They did not even get out of the group.
“Is it too much to ask for the players to focus for four weeks of their lives when they reach the highest level of their sport? The mentality has to change.”