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Is the Premier League to blame for England's failure?

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The 2013/2014 season is set to be the most exciting yet, with new managers, squads and a genuinely close title challenge between several clubs.

But have we overlooked the harm the modern game has done to our national hopes?

It's well known now that England have a habit of disappointing on the big stage but with the beginning of the season starting it's reported that a mere 68 English players will realistically be playing which averages to just over three in each team.

When you compare this to the likes of Spain, Italy and Germany which has rules that enforce a home grown policy to make sure so many players are of the national side, is it any wonder why we struggle to do so well?

If you compare the players who play regularly in the top two teams of La Liga and the Premier League it's evident to see how much more effective the home grown talent rule is.

Barcelona currently have 15 homegrown players, Real Madrid 10, Manchester United 9 and Manchester City have five players.

Besides the home grown talent policy, money seems to be another huge contributing factor of English talent being squandered.

Examples of this include Manchester City, who before being taken over in 2008 had a selection of home grown talents including Stephen Ireland, Michael Johnson, Wayne Bridge and even Micah Richards - who have massively suffered as a result of wanting success quickly by buying the best talent around for inflated prices.

Which seems to be the modern philosophy in today's game where ambitious owners are pushing clubs into instant success by either buying big talents or going abroad for a cheaper quick fix such as Newcastle who in 2011 had 13 UK players playing 10+ appearances compared to just 4 in 2013 where they struggled to finish 16th.

Teams are no longer willing to be patient for success by building up young talent and bleeding it through their squads, it's all about instant success and none more so than the Premier League.

But the examples are staring us in the face. Take the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who for years have dominated football with a core of home grown players and additionally now emerging teams such as Dortmund who have bought into the same ethos reaping the rewards.

This isn't to say England's team is in anyway poor, but it's a frightening prospect for hopeful youngsters with talent that may never be able to develop due to the way the modern game is shaping up.

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