After all the stories and non-stories, the Premier League was able to finally get under way and it delivered some great matches as it always does. However of the 220 players that started the 10 ties, only 75, around 34 percent qualified for the English national team.
The week after being pushed close against Scotland, a team ranked 36 places lower than England (and behind Cape Verde and Burkino Faso), the current balance of two thirds foreigners one third English raises the question of are there too many foreigners playing in the top flight?
The is no real objective answer to the question, but the prevalence of so many non-English players should be a worrying sign for those who harbour ambitions of England one day lifting an international trophy any time soon. Of the 44 players selected for the four clubs that represented the league in the Champions League last year only 15 of them were English, or, conveniently, about 34 percent.
There are a various suggestions as to why the English clubs continue to play less home grown talent than the Spanish or German clubs do in their respective leagues, but one thing that rarely gets considered is, are English players simply not as good? When looking at the English players involved for the top four clubs from last year, there are few players for whom a strong argument could be made for them improving a Barcelona or Bayern Munich starting line-up.
It is too blasé to say there are too many foreigners in England, football in this country has forever benefited from the influence of others to play the game. Scotland first taught the English about short passing in the late 19th century, then the Hungarian team of 1953 showed us the power of a deep lying attacker. The real problem is that England never seems to learn until its too late.
There are positives from the youngsters coming through today, such as the trio of teenagers at Southampton. Also the growth in stature of Jack Wilshire, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck. These players are increasingly showing that they have an understanding of the tactical element of the game, no more so than Welbeck's exceptional performance against Real Madrid in early 2013.
These players will without a doubt benefit even more by playing with foreign talent, learning the subtleties and nuances that different cultures have will be valuable experience for these players. At the same time they are proof that English players can make it to the very top level.
It's too easy to blame England's woes on too many foreigners, but without them the Premier League wouldn't be the league it is today. Really we need to look at how England values football and realise that perhaps as the rest of the world was improving technically, we still placed importance in 'getting stuck in'. Again we're learning our lesson too late, but for the good of the national team, we are learning.
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