England’s failure at the World Cup in Brazil has nothing to do with the number of foreign players in the Premier League.
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.
Look at last season and a match between Manchester City and Bayern Munich in an under-21 Champions League fixture. City had two or three English players while Bayern featured only two or three foreigners.
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.
Last season, Manchester City won the Premier League title with only six English players in their 27-man squad – Joe Hart, Richard Wright, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, James Milner and Jack Rodwell.
Of those, only Joe Hart started regularly. Two other Englishmen, Gareth Barry and Scott Sinclair, spent the season out on loan.
Compare that to Bayern – and their players helped Germany to become World Cup winners.