Former Manchester City and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes that foreign players are not hindering the England national team, but big clubs’ youth policies are.

The Three Lions endured their worst ever World Cup showing this summer, with Roy Hodgson’s men managing just one point and two goals in three games as they finished at the bottom of Group D.

Many have put this down to a lack of home grown players playing for the biggest teams in the Premier League, with last season’s champions, City, particularly low on English talent.

Joe Hart was their only regular starter from the country, while other top clubs also possess low counts of players eligible for Hodgson’s squad.

Hamann – who himself was a foreign Premier League star – believes that players from overseas are not hindering the national side, but the top teams’ willingness to look abroad for youngsters is:

“England’s failure at the World Cup in Brazil has nothing to do with the number of foreign players in the Premier League.” He wrote in his guest blog for Goal.

“For me, the blame rests on the number of foreign youngsters playing in English club academies.

“I don’t think the number of foreigners has anything to do with the strength of the English national team. If English players were good enough they would play.

“I think there are too many foreigners in the academies. This is different in other countries. Bayern Munich is reluctant to bring in non-German youth players. In England it is the opposite.

“There is no reason to believe English youngsters at 16 or 17 are less talented than Spanish or German kids, they just don’t get the chance.”

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