Originally posted by Seitse
What you say only tells me something, mate
My point remains uncontested: The real football talent, nowadays, is native from somewhere else but England.
That's not a good nor a bad thing, it's just life. Like Guatemalans feeling bad for not attending the Winter Olympics. They don't. They just accept that it's not their thing.[/b]
But what you are saying is not just a problem in England, if anything its worse in Spain, France and Portugal.
The best English players play in England:-
- Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard, Terry, Ferdinand, A Cole, Owen, Scholes
The best French players play outside of France, mainly in England and Italy:-
- Henry, Viera, Makelele, Evra, Gallas, Malouda, Thuram, Ribery, Diarra, Anelka, Trezeguet, Mexes
The best Spanish players play mainly in Spain but they are coming to England, especially the emerging players:-
- Torres, Alonso, Fabregas, Reina, Pique
How long will Spanish football be able to keep hold Villa or will he go the way of Torres to Liverpool, Chelsea or even maybe Spurs?
The best Portugese players play in England and elsewhere:-
- Ronaldo, Nani, Ferrirea, Deco, Maniche, Simao
The best Italian players predominently play in Italy with some in other leagues like:-
- Cannavaro, Toni
So it seems England has the best of their own country and this is now being heavily added to by the best of Spain, South America, Portugal and France.
Spain is losing its own players and starting to lose a hold on the best South American players, even Ronaldinhio and Villa may be moving abroad.
Spain once dominated the market, spending crazy amounts of money on foreign players like:-
- Ronaldo, Zidane, Figo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinhio
This seems to be stopping now though.
Madrid and Barcelona can crave the real Ronaldo as much as you like but you won't get him for years yet.
The English national side may not be playing well, but I think things will change with a top class manager like Capello.
Don't tell me Barcelona, Madrid and Milan would not be interested in signing:-
- Rooney, Terry or Gerrard
Look at the impact an old has been like Beckham made at Madrid and Owen never got a fair chance because the spanish love Raul.
So English football has the best of British and is now being supplimented by the best of Europe.
The quality of Premier League games is greatly increasing.
But you also still get very competitive games and shock results like today when Oldham beat Everton and Bolton get beat by Sheffield United!!!
You can't beat the English game now for quality and variety.