Can the summer transfer activity be positive for England?

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Do England stand a chance at future tournaments now the top players are playing at top clubs? And new policy will surely help too.

With the FA's recently introduced home-grown player policy, stating that eight players in a 25 man squad have to be home grown, what constitutes as a home-grown player? Someone who has played for their club since the age of 15.

In addition to this, starting from 2016 clubs will only be allowed 13 non-home grown players as opposed to the current 17, but this is a four year process.


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Statistics say that the squads of Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at the end of last season, would not be eligible to compete and City would need to get rid of no less than six of their overseas stars.

And I am all for this idea from Greg Dyche and the FA. Time and time again, at the big tournaments, our national team is no way near where it should be, and we supposedly have 'the best league in the world'.

It's not so much an issue for the smaller Premier League sides, who often have lots of home-grown players. But the top clubs who frequent in buying players from foreign leagues will come a cropper.

We saw at the back end of last season, Jose Mourinho giving some of the academy graduates a run out when the title was won, which is often the case by managers when the league is secured, Sir Alex Ferguson was one who would do the same.

But we need more of the next generation playing in the Premier League or otherwise they will end up settling down in the Championship or at a small Premier League side, or even going abroad where the chances of then being capped are slim to none.

I don't personally agree with loaning young English talent out to lesser leagues, because it does not truly prepare for what to expect in the Premier League. And the big clubs are the main culprits, especially Chelsea.

Furthermore, the transfer activity of all Premier League clubs is beginning to converge towards just buying English players. And this is good news for the England national team, and here is why.

This Summer has seen the top English talent subject to copious amounts of interest from the 'big four' and other big clubs. And there has been a number of big money or high profile moves.

We've seen Raheem Sterling turn red to light blue in a switch that could be anything between £49 and £58 million, and Fabian Delph opted to do the same in a deal believed to be £8 million.

We've also seen potential big money moves for young English players fall through, with John Stones' move to Chelsea disintegrating after Everton turned down three bids from the Champions and a transfer request from the player himself.

We also saw the social media spat between Saido Berahino and West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace, after the baggies turned down numerous bids from Tottenham after the player had requested to leave.

I believe that if these players want to play for the best teams, play in Europe and win trophies, then they should be allowed by their clubs. It's no crime for a player to want to better his career and stand more chance of selection for England.

England cruised to European qualification with a 6-0 win over San Mario and became the first side to book their place in next summers tournament.

But it's not the qualifiers that England struggle with, it's the major tournaments. We saw in 2014, England crash out at the group stages with losses against Uruguay and Italy and a draw against Costa Rica, meaning we finished bottom of the group. And that simply wasn't good enough.

I truly hope that the fact that our best players now play for the best clubs mostly, that we can compete at major tournaments, because it's been too long since we saw glory or an international trophy on English shores.

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