London, Oct 5: Ex-England striker Gary Lineker has claimed that pushy parents are damaging England’s chances of developing international class football players.
According to the BBC, Lineker also praised the role of academies saying that the revolution had begun.
Lineker, 52, who played 80 times for England scoring 48 goals, believes the approach of some parents was harming children’s confidence and that big lads who play direct football have too often been favoured in the youth ranks, the report said.
He said that this was the reason why it was obvious that England had a long-ball culture, because the big lads who can kick it furthest are the ones that stand out.
He added that the competitive nature of most mums and dads was astounding, adding that they instilled a fear in the promising but sensitive youngsters, which was utterly depressing and England needs a parental cultural revolution.
However, Lineker believes things are gradually changing, with some academies insisting that parents must be quiet and only applaud, the report added.
Lineker’s comments follow the creation of a Football Association commission, a body designed to improve the fortunes of the England national team, according to the report. (ANI)