Are Premier League clubs having a negative effect on England's next generation?
The Premier League does not fund development of young English players
Shocking, I know. The official Premier League association is not part of Greg Dyke's commission to improve young English talent.
They do not fund efforts to make the next England side world beaters.
Greg Dyke, the talisman in this attempt to improve English football, had individually asked each of the 20 Premier League chairmen if they were on board with the idea. They were all very interested.
Controversially, the Premier League association turned down the chance to support the development of youngsters despite strong agreement with this proposal.
Dyke's idea was sparked by English players forever being sent on loan and not getting a chance in their parent teams. Many clubs opt to buy in foreign talent rather than producing their own.
Andros Townsend, a man highly credited for his current form, has miraculously been at TEN different clubs and he's only at the tender age of 22.
It's times like these when we pay homage to teams like Southampton. 11 of their 18 selected players, in their 4-1 win over Hull at the weekend, were English, with one other being Northern Irish.
They are a club who do give their youth a chance at the highest level and it reflects in spirit and hopefully quality. Performances from their youngsters has meant call-ups for a selection of Saints' players into the England squad to face Chile and Germany.
It makes you wonder, if the Premier League did fund the prodigies that could be hiding in the midst of loan moves and relentless academy drills then maybe, just maybe, England could muster up a squad capable of challenging for the World Cup.
Dyke said himself, he believed England could win in Qatar 2022. A strong statement from a man with a good idea.
Many prefer club over country because Premier League football is more entertaining. But maybe if the stars of your chosen team are full blooded English, then the passion will grow for the national side. And maybe, just maybe, England could win in Qatar 2022.
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