National squad valuations - and the shock world leader

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Pic

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood is valued at £50 million - Credit: PA

Following the Euros and looking ahead to the World Cup 2022, I have been looking into the projected value of players in the national teams in world football and was surprised at the outcome.

The most valuable national team in world football revealed - and England emerged as the shock leaders.

Having reached the final of the Euro 2020 over the summer but falling to defeat against Italy, it has been determined the Three Lions are currently the country possessing the richest talent, amassing a squad value of £1.06 billion.

My thoughts were that World Cup winners France would be number one but it was revealed that their squad value was around £931.5 million leaving England as the nation team with the highest projected squad value.

Brazil and Italy come in at third and fourth respectively with Germany rounding off the top five.

The list values are as follows: 

England - £1.06 billion 

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France - £931.50 million 

Brazil - £875.16 million 

Italy - £797.40 million  

Germany - £793.80 million 

Spain - £656.55 million 

Portugal - £634.50 million 

Argentina - £620.55 million 

Netherlands - £589.50 million 

Belgium - £441.45 million  

Serbia - £325.17 million  

Croatia - £321.57 million.

The biggest surprise for me is Belgium in 10th place, who sit top of the FIFA ranking with total points of 1832.33 with a projected squad value of £441.45 million.

Brazil sits second in FIFA ranking with 1811.73 points and England sit third with 1755.44 points closely followed by France and Italy respectively.

Surprisingly Germany sits a lowly 14th in the FIFA ranking 

As a former manager and chief executive, I have always expected the teams and clubs I have managed to achieve a position in the league above or reflecting their given budget.

If you are lucky enough to have the highest budget in the league you are playing in, then surely you must be expected to win the league or at least gain promotion.

Likewise, if your budget is the lowest in the league you are competing in and you retain your league position, or better, then it must be viewed as success.

I always tried to gather information on team budgets and use this as a guide to success and a motivation to finish higher in the league where the teams I have managed sat in the budget chart.

With the value of the England squad the highest in the national team list and the combined wages possibly near the top of the salary chart, it is imperative that England at the very least play in the final of next year’s World Cup

Come on England - it’s coming home!

Most valuable teenagers in world football 

Academy football is now producing very talented players worldwide and the structure introduced over the years has proven to be a success story in the modern game.

I can remember as a youngster there was no real structure in place for youth development - it was a case of being spotted by a scout or being recommended for a trial.

It was when playing for Torbay schools in the round robin - a competition between Plymouth, Exeter and Torbay schools - that I was spotted by a scout from Bristol City and asked to attend a two-week trial.

Thankfully, I was able to perform in training and the arranged matches to warrant being asked to become an apprentice footballer at the age of 15, going 16.

I’m sure other young players failed not because of their ability but because they struggled to perform under a very demanding and pressurised trial period.

The modern way certainly allows young players to develop through a system where they are able to show their true potential over a period of time under far less pressure in a very controlled system/ structure.

The best young players now demand a high price.

Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati and Bayern Munich’s Aphonso Davies are rated as the most valuable teenagers and world football transfer market have valued the duo at £80 million at the ages of 18 and 19 respectively.

It puts them ahead of Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes) £50 million, Mason Greenwood (Man Utd) £50 million and Rodrygo (Real Madrid) £45 million, who make up the rest of the top five.

I would argue that Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund having left Birmingham City) Curtis Jones (Liverpool) and Arsenal pair Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinell would be high on any value list and would certainly demand fees around the £50 million plus bracket.

It goes to show given the chance, and managed properly, how youth football can become a very valued asset to any club.