This year's Ballon d’Or shortlist included some fantastic players from all over the world, however it’s a worrying sign for English football that not a single player from our nation was nominated.
With 23 players selected, it shows just how much English football is struggling at the very top of the pyramid.
Michael Owen won the old version of the trophy back in 2001, but since then only two English players been granted a top three spot, with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard taking the honours behind Ronaldinho in 2005.
In fact, our contribution of players over the last 26 years has been mild to say the least, with only a handful of Englishmen taking awards.
With Owen being the only winner in that time, Alan Shearer and David Beckham are the only two players, other than the duo mentioned earlier, that have claimed a spot amongst the top three players in the world.
If the prolonged struggle that our national side have had in major tournaments is combined with our lack of player recognition, the realisation of our country's lack of success becomes apparent and clear for all to see.
As nations such as Spain and Argentina bask in the success of their national team and best player respectively, English football has been backed further into the corner after FIFA released this year’s collection of nominees.
With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, winning the tournament seems like the only way of resurrecting our powerful position as a footballing nation that we once had.
But for now, we must sit back and watch the brilliant creations that come from outside of England and hope a trip to Rio next summer can bring out the best in the home-grown talent we claim to have.
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