It’s international break right now and I started thinking about weather England will ever be a force in international football. My feeling is that I will never see England win anything in my lifetime. I feel one of the major reasons for this the Premier League. Don’t get me wrong—I love the Premier League and love watching some of the best players in the World playing in our league—It saddens me though that none of them are English.
The Premier League brought in the home grown quota ruling at the start of the 2010/11 season. The Premier League said this ruling will benefit the England team and stop clubs from stockpiling young overseas players. I don’t see that it does this at all because Premier League clubs can still sign young players from all over the world at the age of 16, 17 or even 18—they just have to spend three years at the said club and they will be classed as home grown. This is because the home grown ruling states that a player will be classed as home grown as long as they have spent three entire seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday at a club affiliated to the FA or the FA of Wales irrespective of their nationality.
Premier League clubs must name 8 players who are classed as home grown in a 25 man squad for the season. So a club could name a 25 man squad and none of them have to English because there is no ruling that says they need to have a certain number of English players in their squads. Nowhere does it say that they have to be English. These home grown players could be any nationality as long as they have been with their club or one affiliated to The FA or The FA of Wales for the for said period prior to their 21st birthday.
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