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Mullery: Foreign players are hampering England

The Argus: Alan Mullery Alan Mullery

Albion ambassador Alan Mullery believes there are are too many foreign players in English football blocking the path of home-grown talent.

He says a re-think is required for England to prosper on the international stage.

Roy Hodgson's side went out in the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil without winning a game.

Former England captain Mullery said: "We've got to start doing things that we haven't done for years. The biggest problem we have got - and it's no disrespect at all to anybody - but we have so many foreign players in our country now that our younger people don't get an opportunity to come through as early as I did, as early as George Cohen did playing for Fulham, in the team by the time you are 17.

"Wayne Rooney is the only one over the last sort of ten years to get in somebody's first team at 17 years of age. We don't see that any more and yet many years ago it happened regularly.

"Now people in the Premier League are quite happy to go out and buy a player that is already renowned and they will spend £30 or £40 million on a player that is coming through but not necessarily English."

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2:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

lenward says...

I have just read the Alan Mullery comments about the lack of of England players in the premiership. Yes I agree with what he said, but he did not ask the question to why that is. Germany have just won their fourth world cup,
their first trophy for 24 years.

In 2 years time it will be 50 years since England won anything. Now if the germans were worried after 24 years and changed the way there trained and played why haven't we.

We have had foreign managers & players in the premiership for 20 years and have not learnt a thing from them. Every country in the world has looked at the modern game and changed accordingly not us. look at the likes of costa rica, colombia. Trevor Brooking said we needed to change the way we train & coach players a few years back and the top coaches in the country turned around and said they is not anything wrong with the English way, that how far their heads are in the sand. look what happened in the world cup. We no longer know how to beat teams. things need to change from schools upward, but I doubt it will, there talk about it in meeting wright it down in a file, file it and forget about it.
I have just read the Alan Mullery comments about the lack of of England players in the premiership. Yes I agree with what he said, but he did not ask the question to why that is. Germany have just won their fourth world cup, their first trophy for 24 years. In 2 years time it will be 50 years since England won anything. Now if the germans were worried after 24 years and changed the way there trained and played why haven't we. We have had foreign managers & players in the premiership for 20 years and have not learnt a thing from them. Every country in the world has looked at the modern game and changed accordingly not us. look at the likes of costa rica, colombia. Trevor Brooking said we needed to change the way we train & coach players a few years back and the top coaches in the country turned around and said they is not anything wrong with the English way, that how far their heads are in the sand. look what happened in the world cup. We no longer know how to beat teams. things need to change from schools upward, but I doubt it will, there talk about it in meeting wright it down in a file, file it and forget about it. lenward
  • Score: 8

2:41pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

The amount of overseas owners now means that the people with the money don't care about the English national side and everything is based around short-termism. Short of a right-back? Given a choice between blooding a promising youngster and buying an over-priced import the latter will win almost every time. Thanks goodness for teams like Southampton who keep churning out excellent youngsters.

Also a lot of fans of the big clubs don't really care about England any more - they'd rather their club win the title than England the World Cup. This just gives carte blanche for their clubs to keep doing what they're doing

However, apart from improving the coaching (Germany has something like 10x as many qualified coaches as England) there's very little that can be done other than treating the England team as if it's as important and marketable as the Premier League of Nations.
The amount of overseas owners now means that the people with the money don't care about the English national side and everything is based around short-termism. Short of a right-back? Given a choice between blooding a promising youngster and buying an over-priced import the latter will win almost every time. Thanks goodness for teams like Southampton who keep churning out excellent youngsters. Also a lot of fans of the big clubs don't really care about England any more - they'd rather their club win the title than England the World Cup. This just gives carte blanche for their clubs to keep doing what they're doing However, apart from improving the coaching (Germany has something like 10x as many qualified coaches as England) there's very little that can be done other than treating the England team as if it's as important and marketable as the Premier League of Nations. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 13

4:54pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Mullers is absolutely correct but why are there too many foreign players in the PL?. Too much money splashing around from Sky TV enables clubs to go out and spend inflated fees for these players rather than developing their own home grown youngsters.
Trouble is the powers that be don't care about the England team. Sky and the PL only care about making money. It's a good product but there's no incentive for clubs to produce their own players. Clubs like Chelsea develop players but haven't got time to give them experience in the PL and let them go to clubs like the Albion. The fans demand instant success and they go out and pay mega bucks for established foreign players.
Another problem is our top players play with top foreign players in the PL and this makes them look good, but only in the PL. When they play for England they suddenly have to work harder because they are playing with other England players who are also having to work harder. Good as some of our players are it must be a culture shock playing for England against much better foreign teams.
Reducing the money given to clubs in the PL would lessen their ability to spend millions on foreign players and encourage them to bring on their own youngsters. If Southampton can do it then so can we and I'm confident we'll be in a similar position in a few years but not spending huge amounts on foreign players.
Mullers is absolutely correct but why are there too many foreign players in the PL?. Too much money splashing around from Sky TV enables clubs to go out and spend inflated fees for these players rather than developing their own home grown youngsters. Trouble is the powers that be don't care about the England team. Sky and the PL only care about making money. It's a good product but there's no incentive for clubs to produce their own players. Clubs like Chelsea develop players but haven't got time to give them experience in the PL and let them go to clubs like the Albion. The fans demand instant success and they go out and pay mega bucks for established foreign players. Another problem is our top players play with top foreign players in the PL and this makes them look good, but only in the PL. When they play for England they suddenly have to work harder because they are playing with other England players who are also having to work harder. Good as some of our players are it must be a culture shock playing for England against much better foreign teams. Reducing the money given to clubs in the PL would lessen their ability to spend millions on foreign players and encourage them to bring on their own youngsters. If Southampton can do it then so can we and I'm confident we'll be in a similar position in a few years but not spending huge amounts on foreign players. Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 8

7:12pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Plutomania says...

It`s , The Does not matter mentality continuing again.
Lose a world cup, does not matter ,soon forgotten.
Lose an International, does not matter soon forgotten.
As long as the PL money machine keeps filling the pockets of the FA and owners,It Does not Matter.Good job for short memories,
It`s , The Does not matter mentality continuing again. Lose a world cup, does not matter ,soon forgotten. Lose an International, does not matter soon forgotten. As long as the PL money machine keeps filling the pockets of the FA and owners,It Does not Matter.Good job for short memories, Plutomania
  • Score: 5

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