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Does the Premier League owe anything to the national team? – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 6th, 2010 by Ian

Does the Premier League owe anything to the national team?
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A lot has been said and debated since England stunk out most of South Africa during the World Cup this summer. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry had his own opinion on why the team was so bad. The top two theories seemed to be that the players were tired from a long domestic season and that there are too many foreign players in the English Premier League. Some just said the team wasn’t good enough, plain and simple.

They might want to blame manager Fabio Capello for the players being tired as he took them on a rigorous two-week training camp right after the season and prior to the World Cup?

But let’s look at the theory of too many foreign players in the EPL. Well, to be fair to the league is it really their responsibility to supply players to the English team and to help develop players for them? Why should the league be used as a tool to develop players for the national team. Shouldn’t that be the job of the English FA and all of those at grassroots level?

Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger actually had a good point when he brought this up a little while ago. We all know the 25-man squads are supposed to help when it comes to seeing home-grown players improve, and only time will tell if this rule has the desired effect.

But should Premier League owners and managers be concerned about where their players come from instead of trying to field the best team available to them? Let’s face it the world has become a smaller place over the years and the globalization of sports and other types of business is something we’re all going to have to learn to live with.

Being English, I’d love to see the national team stocked with skilled, young players, but I’m not really convinced that the onus should be placed on the EPL to produce them. When supporters pay for their tickets and television companies across the world are shelling out billions of pounds to broadcast games, I’m not really sure the league should be forced to act as a breeding ground for English players.

I still feel that’s up to other sports associations in the country, not its top professional league. Players’ skills should be developed when they’re much younger not when they’ve reached the top level of football.

 
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