Three-time World Cup winner Jamie Carragher criticises England players’ mental resilience

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Three-time World Cup winner Jamie Carragher has taken a swipe at England’s current crop of players, insisting that they are “too weak” and lack the mental resilience required for top class football.

In his Daily Mail column, the former England international, who captained the country during its stellar run of three consecutive World Cups from 1998 to 2006, stated that modern players are pampered and have life too easy, unlike his generation, who were forced to survive on meagre wages of just £80,000 per week.

“That weakness that runs through England squads is only getting worse and I was enraged by the way that team disintegrated when the stakes were rising,” said Carragher, who memorably played a leading role in England’s 2002 World Cup win, in which they came back from two goals down to Brazil before completing a 6-2 comeback.

“They just lack the strength and ability to think. This is what sets their generation apart from mine.”

At press time, the former Liverpool pro, who had to wash his own boots as a youth player, insisted that England will never change until he academy system is changed.