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#1 Don Quixote

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 08:45 PM

The BBC's Richard Conway asks.

 

http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/36655802



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:13 PM

This guy brings up a lot of points but the old argument about there being too many foreigners in the prem to allow the national team to perform is straight up bullshit. Who out of England's starting XI isn't playing major minutes for their club teams? They're playing against the best competition in the world. Are they supoosed to get better playing against lower level competition that happens to be English? They're not plucking guys out of League Two that haven't been tested or on the biggest stage. Fucking nonsense. Tired of hearing about it. Play better.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 01:05 AM

First Brexit, now they're blaming foreign EPL players and owners for their national team's failures. What the hell is going on over there?



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Posted 30 June 2016 - 10:22 AM

This guy brings up a lot of points but the old argument about there being too many foreigners in the prem to allow the national team to perform is straight up bullshit. Who out of England's starting XI isn't playing major minutes for their club teams? They're playing against the best competition in the world. Are they supoosed to get better playing against lower level competition that happens to be English? They're not plucking guys out of League Two that haven't been tested or on the biggest stage. Fucking nonsense. Tired of hearing about it. Play better.

Your point about playing better is 100% correct. However, I think we need to be not so quick to dismiss the issue of the number of foreign players in the EPL (or any league for that matter) and the affect on the national team. Certainly the positives are that the players are exposed to the best competition. However, there is no denying that the pure numbers also mean less opportunity for home grown players to get access to the better training facilities and environments of the top leagues.

 

So its a bit of a paradox. Its hard to really know what the end result is but there are lots of players out there who never get the chance to truly develop when they are playing in lower divisions.  This is one of the reasons that the MLS has strict rules on the importation of foreign players.



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Posted 30 June 2016 - 10:26 AM

This guy brings up a lot of points but the old argument about there being too many foreigners in the prem to allow the national team to perform is straight up bullshit. Who out of England's starting XI isn't playing major minutes for their club teams? They're playing against the best competition in the world. Are they supoosed to get better playing against lower level competition that happens to be English? They're not plucking guys out of League Two that haven't been tested or on the biggest stage. Fucking nonsense. Tired of hearing about it. Play better.

Your point about playing better is 100% correct. However, I think we need to be not so quick to dismiss the issue of the number of foreign players in the EPL (or any league for that matter) and the affect on the national team. Certainly the positives are that the players are exposed to the best competition. However, there is no denying that the pure numbers also mean less opportunity for home grown players to get access to the better training facilities and environments of the top leagues.
 
So its a bit of a paradox. Its hard to really know what the end result is but there are lots of players out there who never get the chance to truly develop when they are playing in lower divisions.  This is one of the reasons that the MLS has strict rules on the importation of foreign players.


Yeah I absolutely disagree. Ill expand on that later.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 08:50 PM

Cool, Russ. Interested to hear your perspective.



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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:25 PM

http://www.starsands..._source=twitter

 

I will be writing an article in the next month or so as a prelim to the MNT next round of WCQ and the path to Russia 2018.

 

But if anything turns out on this to be correct then that will shake up things....a LOT!



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Posted 20 July 2016 - 04:23 PM

Well looks like Sam Allardyce (Sunderland manager) is going to be named manager for the English side. Might be a good choice for the Three Lions. Time will tell but he knows English football and is respected around the EPL. The question will be can he build a team that can compete at the top level again?


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 12:36 AM

Following a Daily Telegraph sting regarding circumventing rules on third-party player ownership, Sam Allardyce is out as England manager. In stepping down, Allardyce is by far the shortest-served full-time manager for the national side, having been in charge for only 67 days, and a single match, a 1-0 victory in World Cup qualifying on the road to Slovakia earlier this month. England U-21 manager Gareth Southgate, who had ruled himself out of the original succession process following Roy Hodgson's ouster, will take over in the interim and manage the senior squad through three more World Cup qualifiers and a friendly against Spain during October and November.

 

Allardyce out: http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/37483344

 

Phil McNulty: Why the FA had to be strong: http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/37488747

 

Radio 5 Live Football Daily: Allardyce reaction (available for a limited time): http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/p04989vm

 

Alan Shearer: England 'a laughing stock of world football': http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/37490396

 

The next England manager: Possible candidates: http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/37487338

 



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 08:01 AM

Allardyce: 'Entrapment has won': http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/37493794



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 11:47 PM

Graham Taylor, the well-known former England boss and BBC Sport pundit, died this morning at the age of 72. Perhaps his greatest managerial exploits came in his first spell at then-Elton John-owned Watford in the late 1970s and early 1980s, where he took the club from the Fourth Division to the old First Division in five years. Upon reaching the top flight, the Vicarage Road outfit finished runners-up to Liverpool (a common occurrence for teams then) in the 1982-1983 campaign, then the following season had their first taste of European football in the UEFA Cup, along with a runner-up finish in the FA Cup. Read more through the links below.

 

http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/38599231

 

http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/38596836

 

http://www.bbc.com/s...otball/38600446

 

https://www.watfordf...ub-statement-gt


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