England FA head honcho Brian Barwick (http://tinyurl.com/3cb637) says in an interview with the BBC (http://tinyurl.com/yve6j4) that 'The Premier League ... has a responsibility to deliver some good players to the FA'.
Was it the Premier League who hired an incompetent for the last euro-qualifying campaign? Are they responsible for the state of English football players at grass-roots level or youth level? Sure some PL teams have academies, but those teams are largely going the same way as the first teams, with increasingly more foreign influence in the sides.
What would the PL gain from pushing for more English talent? Would it gain from increased viewing figures after the England team win the world cup? Or would it lose them from forcing teams to play average English players instead of pretty boy foreign-types with quick feet, lots of tricks and greasey hair, in the hope these English players improved?
Who benefits from forcing Rooney to play with someone like Marcus Bent at club level instead of Ronaldo? Not Rooney, not the PL and not England.
Any aid that the PL gives to England's cause is IMO mostly altruistic. It is for the FA to sort out FFS some decent youth academies around the country for ENGLISH players, and to try and figure out how exactly to produce a top level English manager.