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Foreign born players
marymary100 - 3-2-2008 at 23:21

There are, apparently, 331 foreign players from 66 different countries in England's Premier League.

Is it inevitable that the England squad will perform poorly in international games as a result of this as the pool of eligible talent getting enough time on the pitch at Premier League standard dwindles?

Or, do you think that football should remain a business and employ the best for the job to pull the crowds in to raise revenue for the clubs' shareholders?

giron - 3-2-2008 at 23:32

Originally posted by marymary100

Is it inevitable that the England squad will perform poorly in international games

I suspect that we will, but, at least we'll get a better result than Scotland. waveysmiley

marymary100 - 4-2-2008 at 08:30

If only you could say the same of your "fans".

SRD - 4-2-2008 at 11:04

There's a difference between foreign born and foreign. I see no reason why immigrants to this country shouldn't play for the national sides once they are qualified for citizenship. Clubs are commercial enterprises and should be able to employ who they like. If we want a good national team we will have to build and run a national training centre and not rely on the clubs to provide the funding. This is true for all sports.

marymary100 - 4-2-2008 at 16:55

Can foreign born players play for national sides though? How long does someone have to live here for them to be able to play for a national team?

SRD - 4-2-2008 at 17:22


marymary100 - 4-2-2008 at 17:42

That's interesting. All you need to do is persuade some of these players to become naturalized citizens then. ;)

LSemmens - 5-2-2008 at 03:31

If you have chosen a particular country as your home and have made the decision to become a fully fledged citizen of that new home, why shouldn't you also represent that country, you'd be more than proud to as you've chosen your home, many who are born there do not appreciate what they have!

SRD - 5-2-2008 at 07:57

True, but there remains the problem of taking on citizenship just tp gain vast reward and then dropping the citizenship as easily. Of course that applies in other 'industries' a certain Australian/Anglo/American is renowned for his shifts of allegiance according to where his economic and political benefits are.

LSemmens - 5-2-2008 at 12:38

I'm not saying that it doesn't happen, or that it couldn't. Citizenship requirements should be fairly strict, and there should also be certain requirements when representing your home country on the world stage, these, on the surface, seem to be rather lax.