I agree with you that 4,5,7,8 are the main problems for England there. It is just clear that actual talent is not appreciated here in England. Just to tell you, when I and 1 other friend (still a mate) was in primary school we were easily technically the most gifted players in that school. We played for the same 11 aside Under 11s team aswell. While I was being played at left-back mostly because even though I used to be very good with the ball at my feet and able to run rings around a full-back at that age, my defensive abilities was too important for my team otherwise we could lose with a crap defence. While my mate was stuck in at centre-back, and he had the touch of a creative midfielder for the age group. He was picked up by certain clubs youth teams in London and even they just played him at centre-back more because of his quite big size, but his actual footballing ability was out of the top drawer, no way should he have been played like this. Anyway as years went on football went out the window for the two of us as things happen this way in life, but it is just an example of how skills should be harnessed and progressed in England, not dismissed. Just for 1 other example in my Under 11 team, the other centre-back was also with me and my mate the third best player technically in the team. So we had a team where 3 of the best players at passing a ball were used at the back, while the rest of the attacking players were just fast and can run around as headless chickens.
Another point, my brother, much older than me, was at Wimbledon reserves, He is about my height, just 5 foot 8 maybe at most, not the strongest plaer, but can hold himself, however he could deliver a pass on to a sixpence. He could take players on as if they were not there. At the time he was in the Wimbledon reserves for the first year Mick Harford was in charge and liked my bro, by the 2nd year Kinnear had taken charge, and anyone who knows what kind of a poor manager Kinnear is would realise he doesnt like 'small' players. So he eventually was released and not given a pro contract or any help what so ever to find another team. Another thing that is quite poor over here, is that when players are released they are just left to fight on their own, a large percentage of players, who even have potential, will never make it because they are not given much help from people within the game to find a place at a lower league team. Not that lower league football over here is the way to go, I have been to plenty of barnet matches when I was younger and it is just completely kick and rush, not much chance of true talent being spotted in them divisions because it is played out of the game.
Nowadays you ask a good trait of a footballer in the amateur leagues or sunday leagues over here and it is because they can get stuck in or use their strength. Ability doesnt count.
How many players who are my height, who even have great technical skills from a very young age are asked to play at full-back or wide midfield or possibly upfront (if they are quick) because of their height and yet have the technical ability of a creative central midfielder? Xavi or Iniesta would probably have never really made it over here because they would have been played as left or right backs when they were 10-13 years old and they are not 'dirty' enough or do not put their foot in enough to really be counted as central midfielders.
As it said above, young players growing up over here do not think outside the box enough. Most players begin as left-backs from a young age and remain as left-backs their entire life. The best way for a kid to be able to play any position is to play more 5 or 7 aside football where positions count, but not as much, and its technique, positioning and skill that wins the game at the end of the day.
In terms of actual NT management go, Klinsmann has a very good point, many ridiculed him for still living in LA while being NT manager, but what he and Loew have done certainly showed in this World Cup if not the last. It is not just about squad selection or tactics, but also the way to play the game, the way to unite a group of players together. It is difficult for NT managers to do, but maybe it is why alot of succesful club managers are not necessarily the best NT managers. I think it is best if coahces work with the federation for a long time or are trained up for the roles by the federation. Italy used to do this, and even though Lippi did great with us in World Cup 06, and hopefully Prandelli does well now, I would like the old school way of choosing NT managers by being trained up coaching the youth ranks. Not just any old farts or ex players, but ex footballers/managers who gained their coaching licences and show a great tactical knowledge of the game and can hold their nerve coaching these squads. Right now it would suggest Pearce, who has certainly done very well with the England U21 set-up. This is beneficial as these coaches know who are the players from these teams that can make the step up in grade.
I think there will be a problem where Capello stick to his guns now, and unless the group shows a huge improvement in belief and courage, another early exit is bound to happen in 2012 and the team will be left in disarray strategically thinking for 2014. Maybe you all will disagree, but I think they could have given Pearce the job (for not a great deal of money) and give him a 4 year plan for the team to have success in 2014 by calling some young players right now. 2012 could be some kind of a right-off in this type of strategy, but then if Pearce made the right choices as early as now, there is still certainly enough talent in England to suggest they are one of the 4 best nations in Europe by 2012.