UK time is: 16:06:26
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Should The England 'B' Team Return?

From Vital England:

In his column in The Observer at the weekend, this is a regular column for him; David James has called for the reintroduction of the England 'B' games - something that used to be a regular thing...

I am not sure if there have been any others in-between but the last I can remember was before the 1998 world cup, a game that Matt Le Tissier scored a hat-trick in. Then again the game that Rob Green injured his knee in before the 2006 world cup 'might' have been a B game too?

Either way though, you know what, I think the former England keeper has a good point!

James' argument was that from U21 level and senior there is nothing in-between, so the chances of players being given an opportunity to develop into senior internationals is not really there.

At club level you have youth level and then, in most cases, a reserve team - and this reserve team is often a 'bridging gap' between the youth and senior side, that said a lot of teams prefer to loan players out now. Then again the loaning out effectively becomes the 'new' reserve team.

When it comes to England you play for the U21, usually up to the age of around 23 - due to the way the registration works - but then that can be that, which in many instances is a shame because some are not far off senior level but those in front of them get the look-in and they do not.

By bringing back 'B' internationals players that are bordering on full international level have a chance to play on the international stage, whereas the would not.

By picking a group of 40-50 players during the international window, and I would assume all would train together, you can get a first hand look at all these players in your thoughts and then watch them in action at B level.

Yep, I think that James has a good point and, despite the fact - like he said - they are not as 'glamorous', I think I would also like to see the B internationals return.

What do you reckon guys, do you think the B internationals returning would be a good idea?

As featured on Vital England (feel free to leave comments here and there, using your same vital logins on each).

Read the full article on this link - England - time for the 'Bs' to return?

What do you think?

Join the Vital England Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 8 2010

Time: 5:38PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Watford Host Birmingham (Saturday April 18 2015)

Birmingham City 2-1 Wolves (Sunday April 12 2015)

Blues Debutante Dazzles Wolves (Sunday April 12 2015)

Blues Good for Their Wolves Win (Sunday April 12 2015)

Wolves Pose Tough Test (Friday April 10 2015)

Bournemouth 4-2 Birmingham City (Tuesday April 7 2015)

Birmingham Collapse at Bournemouth (Tuesday April 7 2015)

Jones Set To Trouble Birmingham (Monday April 6 2015)

Archived Birmingham City Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Sheff Wed 43 14 16 13 -5 58
12. Charlton 43 13 18 12 -3 57
13. Cardiff 43 14 13 16 -6 55
14. Birmingham 42 13 15 14 -12 54
15. Leeds Utd 43 14 10 19 -11 52
16. Huddersfield 43 13 13 17 -17 52
17. Bolton 43 13 11 19 -9 50

Breaking League News

Blackpool v Fulham - Team-Sheets
Fulham : 18/04/2015 14:23:00
JR And Johnno On Soccer AM
Norwich : 18/04/2015 13:00:01
Watford Host Birmingham
Birmingham : 18/04/2015 12:47:00
Play Off Details
Norwich : 18/04/2015 12:00:00
PREVIEW: Watford v Birmingham
Watford : 18/04/2015 11:14:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Bournemouth v Birmingham City
Suggested By:  
Home win 44%
Draw 14%
Away win 42%