English players struggling to make cut at top Premier League clubs

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On Sunday at the Community Shield match at Wembley, Manchester City and Arsenal battled it out for what is seen as the curtain raiser for the Premier League.

However despite the fantastic players on show, Manchester City didn't field a single Englishman in their starting eleven. Compared to Arsenal who fielded three Englishmen in their starting line-up.

Roy Hodgson stated that the future of England looks promising but with English players not playing regular at top clubs, is this a cause for concern for the national team?

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Tough competition

As shown by the squads of Manchester City and Chelsea they both have devastating players right through their team, from the first team to the bench. Everybody loves to watch the great talent pool of players these teams have to offer but over the past few seasons it has became increasingly hard for their young English talent to come through the academy.

The last notable English graduate from Chelsea was Ryan Bertrand but now sees himself playing on loan at Southampton to get first team football. The addition of Flipe Luis has seen Bertrand have no place at Stamford Bridge. Micah Richards was the last notable graduate from Manchester City's academy.

He made a total of ten appearances last season and assisted two goals. This season it looks as he may need to depart the Ethiad to get regular football because of the recent purchase of Sagna. 

Are they good enough?

The large bank accounts of Chelsea and Manchester City has saw millions and millions spent on top talent. However because of the lack of youth coming through their ranks are the young boys as good or better than the players they are spending their cash on.

Many people can see the great English talent being developed but not many people see them advance on at the top clubs. Would you rate them as highly as the superb talent already in the first team?

The pool of players available at their disposal could be seen as better than the young players being developed. Not only is this a problem to meet the amount of English players in the Premier League but also creates a problem for the national team. 

Looking towards smaller clubs

One of England's great young talents left Manchester City to join Sunderland this summer. In doing so Jack Rodwell criticised Manchester City and warned young players about going to top English clubs.

In search of first team football he will certainly get it at Sunderland but is it time for England to look at smaller clubs to bring into the national team. Last season saw three debutants from Southampton emerge, Luke Shaw, Rickey Lambert and Adam Lallana.

A great season for all three players advanced their careers by playing at the 2014 World Cup. It may be time for Roy Hodgson to look at the smaller clubs for great talent that can easily be looked over because of the clubs they play for. 

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