Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff thinks greater emphasis should be placed on developing youth players at national level.
Bierhoff, who netted 37 goals in 70 appearances for his country during a distinguished career, also thinks football federations and leagues should work together to develop the national team.
“I think it’s important to have a philosophy and long term strategy,” Bierhoff said.
“Obviously there is short term interests – you have to win the next game, you have to stay in the league.”
“But you have to see in the long run and I think if you invest in the youth section and you give them a good education technically and physically then you have a wider choice for the coaches for the first team to put some young players in.”
The 42-year-old also believes that leagues and federations should be closely linked in the process of helping young players develop.
“A good national team is also good for the clubs and good performances for the clubs is also good for the national team,” he said.
“I think you have to oblige the clubs to invest a certain amount of money every year into this education. Then you have to have the courage to let these players play in the league.”