The Premier League is renowned for is physical aspect and is certainly one of the best leagues in the world. It attracts footballs biggest stars and has millions of fans from all over the world. 

As for the English national team, they seem to be on a constant decline. 

You may disagree and say England always manage to qualify and there are many talented English players in the Premier League, but this is just not true.  

England never seem impressive when they play and quite frankly they look mediocre. The 1-1 game against the Republic of Ireland was one of the most tedious of games I have ever witnessed. England had no composure on the ball and this was shown against Brazil where they miraculously managed to come away with a draw. 

Probably because of Brazil’s lack of composure, but take nothing away from Joe Heat as he had an excellent game and kept England in it.

If England want to become contenders for the World Cup they need to look at places such as Italy, Germany and Spain. All of their leagues are consisted of mainly players from their nation and their national teams are the best in Europe. Germany is showcasing the future of football. Although their national side has not won a major tournament recently they are producing future stars. The Bundesliaga is full of German internationals and they are showing they have the right idea as it was an all German Champions League Final this year. There were 12 German players in the starting XI for the final which is a lot more than if two Premier League sides were to face each other. I remember watching the Manchester City vs Chelsea game in the FA cup semi-final this year and there were only three English players in the combined starting XI's.

The FA need to introduce a better youth system, like Germany did, and give the young players a chance to shine. I believe they should make each team have a minimum of three English players in a starting XI, so that England’s future stars do not just sit on the bench.

I have huge respect for Southampton as they have a incredible youth system that has produced many future stars such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Luke Shaw.

It pains me to see promising, young English players being bought by big clubs and then not playing many games. They need to play to improve and youngsters must learn their trades at the, so called, smaller clubs before opting for a more attractive move.  


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