England manager Roy Hodgson recently claimed that there were too many foreign players in the Premier League and too few English players, putting the Three Lions at a huge disadvantage.
Yes. These days, there are just too many foreign players in the Premier League. Just look at Chelsea. Amongst their first XII, the only English player is Ashley Cole.
With so many foreign players, chances are slim for local-born players to make it big. Even if they make it into the first team, these English players are often marginalised, resulting in limited game time. A fine example would be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Arsenal youngster has been limited to cameo appearances this season.
Also, young English-footballing blood has been rather dry in the last few years. Between 2004 and 2010, the only notable young English player was Wayne Rooney (albeit the Manchester United striker failed to fire England far in the South African World Cup).
Too many foreign players, limited game time for English players, racism, in-fighting and too few youngsters climbing through the ranks of the national team are just a few of the problems the Three Lions are facing.
But not every Premier League club has succumbed to the legion of foreign players. "The Professor" Arsene Wenger, whose squad once made up half of France's national team, has decided to change tactics. Now, the Arsenal team is being built up around a core of English players.
Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott no longer carry the hopes of Arsenal fans but the whole of England as well.
Despite not having a team in the last eight of the Champions League, all is not lost for England yet.
The Arsenal players mentioned afore, join by Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck (Man U), Kyle Walker and Steven Caulker (Spurs), Danniel Sturridge (Liverpool) and Jack Butland (Birmingham - loan) could be part of England's new 'Golden Generation.'
Only time will tell.
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