The key to excelling on the pitch is about more than what you do with the ball. Experienced player and manager Gareth Southgate believes leadership and strong communication are vital at the top level. See the advice Gareth gave to the team.
I think this is very true, at the highest level, as the games moves faster and faster, players have to communicate on the pitch. The best players are yelling for the ball, demanding the ball and giving direction, whether that's 'man on', 'turn', 'you've got time', 'push up' or 'hold the ball'. In the Serie A, La Liga, and EPL players are always giving verbal direction.