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It’s international break right now and I started thinking about weather England will ever be a force in international football.

My feeling is that I will never see England win anything in my lifetime.

Why England will never be a force in international footballI feel one of the major reasons for this the Premier League. Don’t get me wrong—I love the Premier League and love watching some of the best players in the World playing in our league—It saddens me though that none of them are English.

The Premier League brought in the home grown quota ruling at the start of the 2010/11 season. The Premier League said this ruling will benefit the England team and stop clubs from stockpiling young overseas players. I don’t see that it does this at all because Premier League clubs can still sign young players from all over the world at the age of 16, 17 or even 18—they just have to spend three years at the said club and they will be classed as home grown. This is because the home grown ruling states that a player will be classed as home grown as long as they have spent three entire seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday at a club affiliated to the FA or the FA of Wales irrespective of their nationality.

John Terry Chelsea’s only English player to have come up through the ranks in recent times

Premier League clubs must name 8 players who are classed as home grown in a 25 man squad for the season. So a club could name a 25 man squad and none of them have to English because there is no ruling that says they need to have a certain number of English players in their squads.

Nowhere does it say that they have to be English. These home grown players could be any nationality as long as they have been with their club or one affiliated to The FA or The FA of Wales for the for said period prior to their 21st birthday.

Nowhere in the home grown quota ruling does it say that any of these home grown players have to be included in the match day squads.

Clubs could name 8 English players as their home grown players but not play them on a match day. This home grown quota ruling is just nonsense because its not ensuring that clubs have English players in their 25 man squads. Clubs can also select players under 21 on January 1st in the year when the season starts. Again, nowhere in the ruling does it say that these players have to English, so teams could be giving young players a chance but they are not always going to be English.

Arsenal, unlike many top Premier League clubs, rely on their talented English contingent of Walcott, Wilshere and Chamberlain

Arsenal rely on their talented English contingent of Walcott, Wilshere and Chamberlain

Another problem is that The FA actually has no power over the Premier League. The Premier League can just do what they want as long as a majority of the clubs vote in favour of this. The other top European leagues such as the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A are run by the FA’s of the respective countries. The main focus in these countries is on the national team and the leagues are used to develop talent for the national team.

One of the major problems in the Premier League is number of foreign owners, managers and coaches. Now they either buy our clubs to make money off them or they are just toys to them and in that case they want instant success and don’t give their managers time to develop young players. Also the cost of English players is alarmingly high when compare players of similar talent in other European Leagues. So clubs would rather buy a cheaper option from another European team than buy any young English players, whether these be from fellow Premier League clubs or from the lower leagues in England.

So to sum up, I feel that we’ll never see a successful England team until some of these things change. Maybe the Premier League could bring in a ruling where you have to least 4 or 5 English in you matchday squad of 18 players. So they wouldn’t be saying that they have to start, but would have to be in the match day squads. They could even say that a large percentage of the clubs under 21 teams have to be English.

I cant see the Premier League doing any of these because as long as they have the some of the best players in the world playing in their league, they don’t care about the England team.

Originally published at crazyaboutepl.com

Post written by Andy Hyslop
Blog: siralexfergusonway.wordpress.com, Twitter: @andyhyslop28
for Crazy About EPL, Blog: Crazy About EPL, Twitter: @CrazyAboutEPL

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