Inside Ajax: how to become the world’s greatest talent factory

Christian Eriksen Ajax

Please note: This feature originally appeared in the August 2011 issue of FourFourTwo – celebrating our 25th birthday this summer! Subscribe here...

Four West Ham youngsters. Two from Arsenal. One each from Watford, Leeds, Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Everton, Nottingham Forest and Leicester. It’s fair to say that the 14 England players, schooled at 10 different youth teams, who took to the pitch against Germany in their miserable last 16 World Cup exit came from varied stock; each academy with a different idea of how to play football.

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