B TEAMS CAN HELP YOUTH TO DE­VELOP

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DAVID Wag­ner led Borus­sia Dort­mund’s Un­der-21 side to the third tier of Ger­man foot­ball – the high­est level pos­si­ble for a re­serve side.

Eng­land is one of the only na­tions in Europe that re­fuses to al­low ‘B’ teams to com­pete in the lower di­vi­sions and, while Wag­ner did not sug­gest its adop­tion, the Hud­der­s­field boss is con­vinced it aids player de­vel­op­ment.

“It is a very dif­fer­ent cul­ture here,” he said. “In Eng­land, the Un­der-21s only play against other Un­der-21s. In Ger­many, they play against ev­ery­one.

“My team had one sea­son in the fourth di­vi­sion, an­other in the third. There we played against teams like Dy­namo Dres­den, Hansa Ro­s­tock – very big, fa­mous clubs with 30,000 in their sta­dium.We played against very tough, old play­ers who know all the tricks of the game.

“It’s a very high stan­dard for young play­ers and maybe this is one rea­son why young Ger­man play­ers de­velop at such a good level.

“They are in­cluded in nor­mal men’s leagues. They can be rel­e­gated and pro­moted, they learn to care about the re­sults. It de­vel­ops a win­ning men­tal­ity.”

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