For several years now the likes of Grahame Taylor, David Platt, Big Sam, Arry Redknapp, Lou Macari and the press pundits have been saying that the technique of English youth players is nowhere near as good as it was over previous generations up until the current "golden generation". Once they have gone the future will be very bleak they say (and yes it's not as if they have an awful lot to live up to). During this time I've been arguing against this popular view. For one thing if the standards of the youth players are so bad how does that view square with the England youth sides doing so much better in recent years than before. Another oddity is how it's often claimed the problem is English youth players don't get a chance in first teams (yet there are countless young English players holding age related records of various kinds). And when young players are given a chance and the result isn't a good one the same people (it seems) claim the manager has lost the plot. Do you agree with the "expert consensus"? PS Presumably this issue will be discussed in tonight's Can England Win The Next World Cup (before MOTD2) but let's not start chatting about England's chances - not here anyway, if you must anywhere.