English football could be on the verge of something rather special. This summer’s transfer window will shape English football for the next decade and the England national team can only benefit. With Fifa imposing their home-grown player protocols for the 2012/13 season, English clubs are now looking to buy the best English talent. With the more English players playing at the top of the Premier League , competing in Europe and winning major trophies surely this can only bode well for our national team.
If we look at the Barcelona and Manchester United sides that competed in the Champions League final, the difference was huge when it came to English and Spanish talent. It was estimated that the England U-21 side was valued at over £150m.
Liverpool have now made it public knowledge that their transfer policy will now be to sign English players. The signings of Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson for vast sums of money show their commitment to push through this policy. Added to this the success of youngsters such as Josh Flanagan, Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly and Liverpool and England can be excited at the prospects.
Manchester United are now also buying young English talent with the signings of Chris Smalling , Phil Jones and Ashley Young . These players in a couple of years times will take the place of Manchester United players and their will be a more English feel about the sides at the top of the Premier League.
It has to bode well for the English national team if the players that we see as the future are competing at the top level of the game. The likes of Jack Wilshere , Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Josh Mceachran playing in the Champions League, surrounded by the best players in the world has to be something they take inspiration from. If
English clubs will now be buying English talent but if the talent isn’t there they will be forced to go abroad. At the moment there are some superb youngsters that England can be excited about. The Under 21 side will prove how far some of these youngsters have come in the European Championships.
The Football Association are in favour of developing the controversial plans that would limit clubs to fielding just five foreign players. Fifa’s ”six-plus-five” rule will change the face of Barclays Premier League; and change it for the better. The FA have led the way on this issue, voting in favour because of their desire to increase the development of ‘high quality’ home-grown players, but admitted their concerns the rule would seem to contravene European law. One hopes that the FA stick with their plans because not so long ago English football was something of a farce.
In 2008 West Ham topped the charts for English players getting a place in starting line ups. They had a 60 per cent English starting eleven. The highest top four side was Manchester United who were down at 38 per cent and at the bottom of the league table were Arsenal with a shocking 3 per cent. If we looked at it again in 2011 the table would look far better for England’s elite teams. One hopes the FA hold their nerve and clubs look to nurture young English talent.
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