Only three English players began the Manchester City and Newcastle Premier League encounter on Monday night.
With many foreign players now plying their trade in England’s elite division, many have suggested that England’s national team will continue to suffer.
And during the game at the Etihad, Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “Shame that only 3 players on show tonight were English....doesn't bode well for the future of our national team that...”
Ferdinand has been part of a Manchester United team that have continued to give English players a chance to shine at Old Trafford.
So, if the Red Devils had to play with an English XI, here is a team that they could go with:
Goalkeeper: Ben Amos
Ben Amos is just 23-years-old and looks set for an extremely bright future.
The young goalkeeper has, so far, struggled to break into the Manchester United first-team, however does have seven appearances to his name. The keeper, who has been capped at England youth and U21 level, will hope to challenge David de Gea for the number one position at Old Trafford in the near future.
Right centre-back: Phil Jones
21-year-old Phil Jones looks a great star for the future and is already showing his quality now.
Playing in key games last season, Jones became an integral part to Sir Alex Ferguson’s title winning team. The youngster certainly has the quality to become a captain for both club and country in the future.
Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has had a remarkable career at Old Trafford. The defender, who has 433 appearances for United, continues to perform at the highest level. The former England captain is decorated in success, with trophy glory all over the place.
Left centre-back: Chris Smalling
Chris Smalling is another great English prospect. The young centre-back has been likened to United stalwart Rio Ferdinand, and he could well emulate the United legend at Old Trafford.
He’s made a number of appearances for the national team and, alongside Jones, looks destined to be a future England regular at the back.
Right-wing: Wilfried Zaha
Manchester United’s latest English recruit, Wilfried Zaha, looks set for a successful career at Old Trafford. The youngster joined from Crystal Palace in January and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League after he was sent back on loan at the London club.
However, he will now hope to shine at Old Trafford and if he has a successful season in Manchester, he could head to the World Cup in 2014.
Centre-midfield: Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick is another star that has won the lot at Old Trafford. His form last season earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year as helped United to a 20th league title.
His incredible passing and reading of the game has made him a key figure at the Red Devils.
Centre-midfield: Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley continues to shine in a United shirt. Over the past year, the dynamic midfielder has broke into both the Red Devils and England starting XI.
The English midfielder looks set to play a key role under David Moyes this season, having already played in the Community Shield and Premier League opening day victories.
Left-wing: Ashley Young
Ashley Young joined the Red Devils in 2011 and has had a great couple of years at Old Trafford. The nippy winger has also become a key part to the England set-up. David Moyes will hope to get the winger firing this season.
Central attacking-midfield: Jesse Lingard
Despite not having played in a competitive league game for United, Jesse Lingard looks set to be a star. His brilliant performance in pre-season gave Manchester United fans a taste of what the future will hold. He could be set for a breakthrough season at Old Trafford this term.
Striker: Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck has had an outstanding couple of years at Old Trafford. The striker, turn winger, has played a key role in United’s recent success.
Sir Alex Ferguson gave him the nod in the Red Devils’ crunch matches with Real Madrid last season and, after also excelling on the international stage, Welbeck will only continue to improve.
Striker: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has had an unbelievable career at Old Trafford, winning many major trophies.
The striker is closing in on the United all-time scorer list and will continue to play a key role at the Old Trafford outfit. Despite uncertainties over his future, David Moyes is adamant he will keep his English star at United - the Red Devils can only benefit from him remaining a red.
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