Roy Hodgson gets bad press a lot of the time and to be fair he has not had the best of records as England manager, even qualification for the next World Cup is proving to be quite a struggle.
But really, what chance does he have? He constantly has players pulling out of his squads, we have foreign owned clubs with foreign owners who regularly sack managers. So we have managers who daren’t risk playing English youngsters as they haven’t the time to indulge them.
So they buy cheap second-rate but experienced foreigners instead, starving the younger players of the much needed game time that they need.
We produce some great youngsters. Theo Walcott looked like a world beater when he burst onto the scene, but just look at him now though - he is a good player yes, but certainly no world beater.
What happened to him, he joined Arsenal didn’t get many games and isn’t the player that we all hoped he would be. The same is in danger now of happening to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
We really need to consider taking a leaf out of the Germans book.
In the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund 12 German players started the game.
It would be unthinkable for a game played now between to top English clubs having so many English players on the pitch, and this is the problem when Roy Hodgson goes to watch Manchester United versus Chelsea, or whoever it may be.
There are invariably only four or five Englishmen on the pitch. So he is picking from a much smaller pool.
It's not that our players are not as good as those from other countries its just that they get signed up by the top clubs from out of lower league clubs at 14, 15 or 16 then they spend the ensuing years in the reserves.
When in reality they would be better plying their trade in the lower leagues until they are about 19 or 20. A good example of this would be Tom Ince.
He left Liverpool in 2011, in search of first-team football joined a competitive Championship club in Blackpool and has thrived, now hopefully he will make the right career move and become a good player for club and country.
The German 50 plus one rule, where the members must own at least 51% of the club is one that we should consider trying to implement. It restricts foreign ownership to 49% so they never gain full control of a football club.
It’s more in the member’s interest to invest in home grown talent than foreign owners. The rule therefore provides younger players with a chance to shine.
More importantly even than that though it provides Joachim Low with a lot more options and choices when he is selecting his squads.
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