‘Don’t judge England until the 2018 World Cup,’ – ex-Liverpool winger tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Liverpool and England winger John Barnes believes England fans should not judge the national side until the 2018 World Cup.Barnes came to the defence of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Harry Kane, saying people expect too much of them too soon.He said it was the reason England failed during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and believes anything Roy Hodgson’s side achieve in France 2016 will be a bonus.“The problem we have with a lot of the young players is that they’re going to be judged at that level despite having no experience whatsoever,” Barnes told Drivetime.“They’ve only been in the game for two years. That’s why I would like to think that when Raheem Sterling gets to 23 or 24, we can then start to look to him to be consistent.“We need to say with this England team ‘I am not going to put any pressure on them to do well in the Euros’. If they do well it is a bonus, if they don’t then fine they’re growing, they’re young, and they’re inexperienced.“Then at the World Cup in three years, they will have had five years of experience and be 25 years old and that is when we have to start putting pressure on them.“We did it (put pressure on them) in the last World Cup and went out in the first round. I would like the public now, with this young team, to say if we don’t do well in the Euros we won’t give them stick.“Leave them alone, if they go out in the first round it will be disappointing but let them grow, let them develop and then put them under pressure for the World Cup in 2018.”last_img read more

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