Newcastle’s one starter in the Premier League this season who’s been English is Steven Taylor, and that was in the first game at Manchester City, and of course Steven was sent off just before half time and has only just served his three match ban, and it’s not clear he will be starting the game on Saturday at Aston Villa. Of course we have had Shola Ameobi start the last two league games, but Shola now being a Nigerian International brings up some question about his Nationality, but Shola played for the England U21 side and is a British citizen – so he’s English.
Rio Ferdinand - limitation on foreign players
Arsenal were always the side that had very few English players in their side, but it seems Newcastle is now a team that has very few Englishmen (and a lot of Frenchmen) in the squad, and of course we lost Danny Simpson, James Perch and Steve Harper this summer – all Englishmen.
And Rio Ferdinand has come out and blasted Newcastle and Manchester City for fielding so few English players in that first game of the season, and he had this to say:
“Having so few English players in the Premier League diminishes the English team, of course it does,” “Look at the Manchester City game recently against Newcastle. There was barely an English player on the pitch – three out of 22 starters, that is a disgrace.”
“If you look at it and ask whether there should be a stipulation that you have a minimum number of players who are English, even just in your squad, I think that should happen. If you look at a lot of teams, there are England players who aren’t playing for their clubs – yet we’re hoping to go to a World Cup and do well.”
We have to agree that there should be some maximum of foreign players allowed in any lineup in the Premier League, and are a little surprised that hasn’t been introduced, and just like there seems to be no real deterrent to stop rich clubs spending far too much money, there’s nothing to limit the number of foreign players in a side.
Newcastle said they were trying to bring in more British based players in the summer, but of course if we were interested in them, they were too expensive, and one reason we have been concentrating on the French market is that the players are relatively cheap to bring in.
And using this as the reason why the England team is not strong is a bit of a ruse, because during the 1970s and 1980s we didn’t have this problem in the league, and the England side still couldn’t win a major Championship.
But if you haven’t got the results you get the reasons, – and this seems the latest one to explain England’s woeful lack of success since 1966.
Even Newcastle have won something since then.
What do you think?
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