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We all know that the English National team struggles in major tournaments - it has failed to win one since 1966. It doesn’t help that only 33.6% of players in the Premier League were English last season, meaning the Premier League has a higher proportion of foreign players than any of the other in the top 12 leagues in Europe.
One of the reasons why the Premier League has such low numbers of home-grown players is because of the money the league generates - television revenue for clubs is set to hit £8bn from this season onwards. This means that Premier League clubs will have more money, and as these clubs get more and more money their fans will develop the need for instant success, and as we've seen already there is barely any pressure for teams to produce players from their academy.
For example, Chelsea have arguably the best Academy in the Premier League. Yet the last home-grown English player to be a first-team regular in a Chelsea side was John Terry, more than 17 years ago. Players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah have only been getting minutes coming off the bench and, because of the pressure of instant success when managing a big club, managers are more inclined to go for the expensive route, buying players who they believe are experienced and trusted instead of testing out some raw youth talent. But what is the point of having an academy if you are never going to use it?
One other big reason as to why less and less English players are in the Premier League is because English clubs overprice English players. For example, John Stones's move from Everton to Manchester City cost them £47 million, whereas German centre-back Niklas Sule, who is a year younger than John Stones, cost Bayern Munich just £17 million. And following interest from several Premier League clubs, Fulham say they value Tom Cairney at £20 million - in contrast, Leicester City brought midfielder N'Golo Kante for just £5.6 million in 2015.
The FA need to look at these stats and start to think of a plan to try and rebuild the national team. Greg Dyke tried and failed but if they actually put some time and effort into this, I believe they will come up with a solution.
In my opinion I feel as though English clubs makes it much more harder for talented English player to progress in the game and the FA need to do something about this worrying situation, It remains to be seen what type of action can be taken. Maybe there should be a reward system where if a club produces a player that makes their England debut, the FA will give them £1 million pounds, just a thought.
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