The Chelsea and Everton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have no defence for this…
The reduction in English players in top level British sides is a well-documented fact; and has lead to a number of in-depth discussions in the Football Transfer Tavern.
Gone are the days of all-English sides winning domestic and continental trophies. In fact – it is becoming rarer and rarer for any English players to find themselves in the first team of a top British side.
This is due, in large part, to the inflation of prices of top level English talent, with relatively average players like John Stones and Raheem Sterling being sold for upwards of £50 million – a figure that was unheard of 10 years ago.
Even so, it is a difficult situation to understand; and the following statistic really puts the problem into perspective…
Players in the England squad:
Burnley – 2
Chelsea – 1
Everton – 1
— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) October 4, 2016
As the Tweet above displays, Burnley currently have twice as many players in the England first team squad with 2, whilst top tier sides including Chelsea and Everton have just 1.
Considering the fact that England are considered a top level international team, the fact that two of England’s biggest teams are contributing very little is a very shocking stat – and perhaps signals why the side has struggled so much in recent years.
Whilst Burnley battle relegation with an English spine, Chelsea and Everton choose to enlist foreign players; in turn taking away opportunities from the rising stars of the English game.
Our landlord thinks that this is proof that the FA need to introduce rules forcing English teams to develop English players – but he also thinks that Sean Dyche should be given credit for his focus on young English talent. After all – it would be a lot easier for him to look abroad for cheaper talent.
The future for England does not look good at all…
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