England once again return home from a dismal and disappointing World Cup campaign topped off by a goalless draw with Costa Rica.
Once again certain sections of the English media and public are rambling on that too many foreign players are playing in the Premier League and that this is the primary source of England's consistent misery since 1966.
We need more English players to play their club football abroad
Now before you call me crazy, take a quick look the Brazilian, Argentinian, Costa Rican and Belgian national teams. All four teams made the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but very few of these players from these great nations actually play where they would call 'home'.
Lionel Messi plays in Spain - as does Angel Di Maria - Sergio Agüero plays in England whilst Gonzalo Higuain plays his football with Napoli in Italy. Very few of the Argentina squad are based in Argentina yet they consistently make it past the round of 16.
Now look at Brazil's best players. David Luiz and Thiago Silva both now play their football in France, whilst Neymar and Marcelo play their club football in Spain. It's a similar story with Belgium, with a lot of their players based in the Premier League, whilst the majority of Costa Rican players are based in the United States.
Previous players have had little or no success
If you look back far enough you'll remember Gary Lineker Barcelona and Paul Gascoigne at Lazio, a time in which English players did play abroad and the English national team was a potent force on the international stage.
Then David Beckham and Michael Owen tried to make it at Real Madrid, yet both had limited success. Owen rarely started whilst Beckham never managed to recreate the magic from his Manchester United days.
Both moved on after just a few years in the Spanish capital, with Owen returning to England and Beckham heading to Los Angeles. Then there was Jonathan Woodgate, who had a torrid time at Real Madrid, scoring an own goal and being sent off on his debut.
Owen Hargreaves had a fairly successful time with Bayern Munich, however, and eventually moved to then English champions Manchester United. A plague of injuries prevented him from every achieving his full potential, however he did score a penalty in the Champions League final.
So now here in 2014 how many international England players are playing abroad? One, and that's Fraser Forster who plays his football with Celtic in Scotland. Other than that, there is nobody.
Yes Ashley Cole could be heading to Italy with AS Roma, but it is not the same. We need top class players playing in England and abroad we need players in Spain, Germany, France and Italy. Once this happens then maybe we can think about having a successful international tournament.
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