Richard Scudamore has widened the rift between the Premier League and Football Association after launching a withering attack on the English's game governing body.

On the face of it, Scudamore is furious. When quizzed on whether the Premier League is hindering the national side's chances, questioners seemed to hit a nerve.

There has been speculation over the reasoning behind the arrangement of big club clashes before key qualifiers this autumn, but Scudamore seemed to think that the problems that England face internationally are nothing to do with the country's domestic league.

"It frustrates me when people say we are to blame because it is so palpably not true," he told reporters.

"The whole thing seems to me that if England don't win something, it is someone else's fault."

"I have never said in my 15 years with the Premier League that the success of the competition - or lack of it - is someone else's fault. You have got to make it yourself."

“Let’s run the reverse argument. Where does that leave the people at the FA in terms of their accountability? It can’t be our fault.

“It is bigger than us. It is not the Premier League who ripped up the playing fields. It is not the Premier League that did not put education into the schools that the Government should have done.

“It is not the Premier League’s fault that not as many young kids are kicking a ball around. It is not the Premier League’s fault the country is not safe enough for seven, eight or nine-year-olds to go down to the park on their own and play football until dark, as I did as a kid.

“Clearly, we have a job to do. We have not won the World Cup since 1966. We [the Premier League] didn’t start until 1992.

“What happened between 1966 and 1992? Whose fault was that? The whole thing is immensely frustrating. It cannot be our fault on any level.

“We are blessed to have 20 of the world’s largest 50 clubs. Within that 20, between three and five of them are among the biggest 10.

“There are only 10 clubs vying for this top talent. The idea an England team are going to be put together that will somehow beat the world is logically and mathematically implausible. We can put out a good team, just like Andy Murray can win Wimbledon and Justin Rose can win the US Open. Good things do happen but they are not an automatic right.”

Scudamore didn't leave it there though. Not content with sparring with the FA, government and the England national team, the Premier League chief executive went after bigger game, lining up FIFA in his crosshair.

Scudamore seems ready to go to war with football's governing body over plans of a winter World Cup in Qatar, the EPL boss confident that he can rely on allies in the other major European leagues to rally troops around his cause.

“I’m still working the best I can garnering enough support to make sure it doesn’t happen in winter,” he said. “It’s a summer tournament.

“When the technical bid book went in, it had to go through everything, like fan experience.

“The idea that the technical committee did not know people were going to be exposed to that heat is crazy.

“If Mr Blatter says it is not right for the fans he should move it.

“The football world has a calendar geared around finding two months every four years in the summer to have the World Cup. To alter it to a different time of year messes up everybody’s calendar.

“Also, from a northern European perspective, we have got summer sports – like cricket, Wimbledon – so we don’t want to be playing the Premier League through all that. It’s madness.”


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