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Cech fears for English goalkeeping

July 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Petr Cech believes that England's lack of top-class goalkeepers could be a result of inadequate coaching methods.

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As one of the world's leading stoppers, Cech, entering his eighth season at Chelsea, has earned the right to comment on the condition of English goalkeeping and harbours concerns that the situation could worsen if action isn't taken.

With only Joe Hart and Paul Robinson likely to be first team regulars in the Premier League next season, Cech said: "Someone should ask the question why almost all the No 1 goalkeepers in the Premier League are foreign. Why is that? I'm not sure. Is it because of the way the goalkeepers are schooled here? Is it a completely different approach to the Czech or the French?

"Maybe someone should take a look at this and ask whether change is needed. At the moment, some of the other nations are ahead. If you are always doing the same thing, someone should find a different way of coaching and developing English goalkeepers."

Aside from Hart and Robinson, Ben Foster - retired from international football - and Robert Green were relegated to the Championship with Birmingham and West Ham respectively, while Scott Carson has departed West Bromwich Albion for Turkey.

Cech added: "Not too long ago, everybody was looking at the future of English goalkeeping and saying, "We have Hart, Foster, Robinson and Green". Maybe Chris Kirkland was in that group, too. All of them were relatively young.

"From that group of goalkeepers it's now really down to Hart and Green. Look behind them and try to tell me someone else who is playing regularly in the Premier League. There is nobody."