England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his concern at the lack of English players in the Premier league.
The talent pool for the national side is severely limited by Premier League teams who are opting to pack their teams with foreign talent and are overlooking home grown prospects.
Barely 30 percent of the players in action in the Premier league are English. Hodgson stated that the number of foreign players coming to English shores could damage the national team as a consequence.
"They are players who are too good to let go but they are finding it hard to get games,'' Hodgson said.
"Now we've got to find a way ourselves of making certain that we don't dismiss these players, that we don't lose them. As a nation I've got to hope not getting a lot of games is not going to destroy their careers because it could happen."
The England manager then added "If you go two years as a player who is too good to let go but not good enough to play every week you might not be a very good player at the end of it.''
The veteran manager claims he cannot name that many English players in the top flight, "I would defy anyone to come up with 240 (English) names in the Premier League,'' the former Liverpool and Fulham manager said. "I don't think quite frankly you would be able to come up to 30 or 40.''
Arguably the Premier league would not be what it is today without outstanding players from all over the world. The English league is one of the most desired destinations for many foreign footballers but they could potentially be overshadowing young English talent. English players at leading clubs are not always first-team regulars because “their way is blocked by extremely talented players."
This could be a major a problem when Hodgson has to pick a squad that would be capable of competing with the leading nations in Brazil next year.
Hodgson questioned where some of England's greats would be now if they were overlooked in a league that was dominated by foreign players
“What would have become of the Nevilles, Beckham, Scholes, (Ryan) Giggs, Butt had it not been the fact the time when they were growing up the manager (Alex Ferguson) did take a chance,” Hodgson said. “They didn’t go rushing out and buy a foreigner every time.”
The EPL wouldn't be the same without such foreign talents as Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba gracing our pitches in the past. The concern for Hodgson is that the league has now become overly dominated leaving little room for English players rising up the ranks.
With the summer transfer window coming to a close, as of yet none of the top 7 teams last season have bought an English player. Sides such a Tottenham and Chelsea have chosen to add to their squads by spending millions of pounds on foreign imports.
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