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Premier League chief calls for higher quality players

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore believes England has to produce a larger amount of better players in order to compete on a world stage. 

Speaking exclusively to BT Sport as part of last night's football show 'Life's a Pitch', Scudamore spoke about the importance of improving the standard of players being produced in a bid to help bring success to the national side. 

When questioned about the 'club v country' debate, and whether or not the Premier League is helping of hindering England, he said in a press release:

“They’re not entirely separate, but they are not as overlapped as people would make out.

“We aren’t England, we don’t run the England team, and there is nothing about the Premier League that is responsible for the England Team. I can’t deny there is a link - our clubs do develop players.

“They’re (The FA) not developing players, and if we aren’t developing players that can compete on a world stage then clearly there is some responsibility for that, that is ours.

“There’s two hundred players able to play for England playing the in the Premier League. Two hundred is a lot to choose from and there is no point saying we need two hundred and fifty or three hundred if those players aren’t good enough to be any better than the one’s we’ve got.  

"For us it’s about quality which is why we have this huge investment of three hundred and forty million pounds going into youth development.

“It’s so important for the future, not just the England team, but the whole of English football. We have got to produce a larger crop of better players.”

Following England's 3-2 victory over rivals Scotland on Wednesday, Scudamore banished suggestions that the Premier League has a negative approach to the national team. 

“I’ve never had a negative attitude towards the England team or the England set up. We are entirely happy that England beat Scotland. A, because we’re England football fans and B, because from the Premier League’s perspective there’s nothing better than having a successful England team.”

The chief executive also expressed his disapproval at reports of FIFA's plans to switch the 2022 World Cup from a winter to summer tournament, after concerns players won't be able to cope with the high temperatures. 

“If FIFA decide the World Cup can’t be played there then my view is the last thing they should be thinking about is moving it to the winter.

“The idea of moving this to the winter is chaos, winter is when we play our domestic football.

“The other European leagues are supportive of our position, they have written this week to Mr Blatter (FIFA’s president) on this.”

BT Sport are set to kick-off their eagerly anticipated coverage of the Premier League this weekend, with Liverpool's fixture against Stoke the first of 38 live games from England's top flight this season. 

 

 

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