Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.
HI Brendan, do you think Sam Byram’s withdrawal from the England Under-20 World Cup squad will be a blessing in disguise, given the long season he’s just had?
Sam will be gutted he isn’t going to represent his country, but I think overall it will not do him too much harm and he’s a young lad and his time will come.
From Brian McDermott’s point of view and Leeds’, they will probably be pleased, so he can get himself right.
He’s just had a long, hard season and a good one and I do think it will benefit himself and Leeds he isn’t going, so he can have a rest and get fully fit for next season.
Don’t forget, if he had been out at the tournament doing well, he would have attracted a lot more attention as well from people and clubs. We know already there is enough interest.
Next season is a big one for Sam. He’s just had a great season and he’s got to follow it up now, which can be hard.
It’s like when people say that winning the league can be the easy part; it’s staying there and doing it again and being consistent over a few years is harder and it’s the same with players like Sam.
Sam can get better and if he has a rest, it will help him. Sam will play for England many times in the future and I do feel he will represent them at all levels.
On the subject of England and specifically their under-21 side, not to get out of a group with Norway and Israel is really disappointing.
Although I do agree with Stuart Pearce when he says things were made harder with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain not freed to play for him and many of the other best available players, which will have been annoying.
Okay, he scored in a friendly in Brazil after coming on and it will have been a great achievement. But it was still a friendly and an international tournament would have given him more experience in a situation where there’s more at stake. With him and a few others in, the outcome might have been different for the under-21s.
There are too many foreign players in England, which doesn’t help our young players. But for me, many of our young players are also too spoilt. I recently went to St George’s Park and players don’t want for anything there. Yet I don’t think there’s enough hunger in the modern-day young player.
It’s a beautiful place, everything is there for them and young players will be chauffeur-driven there. They have the glamour, glitz, money and the cars and pats on the back and are treated like royalty, think they have made it and there are some big heads among them. But they haven’t made it and you say that when they play against other nations who are more technically gifted than us.