Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ire v England

Sunday, 07 June 2015, 13:00

International Match

Last Game

Italy 1 - 1 England

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 19:45

International Match

Hodgson: Player pool is small

England coach Roy Hodgson has refuted claims that he has 200-plus players to select from for national duty.

Last Updated: 01/09/13 at 11:39 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: Feels England need to find a way of nurturing young talent better

Roy Hodgson: Feels England need to find a way of nurturing young talent better

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore recently hit back at claims that an influx of foreign talent into the English game is responsible for the failings of the national team from the seniors, through the U21s and down to the U20s.

He said it was 'nonsense' to place the blame at the top flight door, with there '210 players qualified to play for England playing in the Premier League last year'.

Hodgson strongly rejects those claims, reiterating his belief that the player pool continues to shrink at the very highest level.

He feels not enough English talent is being given an opportunity to flourish by the top clubs in the country, with a lack of movement in the summer transfer market involving English players helping to highlight his point.

He said in The Sunday Telegraph: "Well, maybe there aren't that many good English players to buy.

"I think this is a very nuanced discussion and quite often, I'm not impressed by the paucity of thought and research that has gone into it.

"I saw a TV programme the other day talking about there being 240 English players in the Premier League. In that case, they must be including a lot of players I have never heard of then. I can't name that many.

"When we're talking about players who could play for England, we're talking about starting players for their clubs' first XI, or players like Ross Barkley or Raheem Sterling, who are already so good that their coaches are pretty keen to get them onto the pitch.

"I would defy any of you to come up with 240 names. I don't think, quite frankly, you'd be able to come up with 30 or 40."

Debate

Hodgson stated that '30 or 40' was clearly an exaggeration, but points to Tottenham Hotspur starlet Tom Carroll as a perfect example of how promising youngsters are being held back - with the 21-year-old midfielder included in England's U21 squad but yet to hold down a regular role at Spurs.

He added: "I've worked at Fulham and West Brom and Tom would probably have played in both of those sides. But he doesn't play for Tottenham. Is that their fault? No, not really.

"I'm not criticising the judgement of the coaches. These players are too good to let go but they are finding it hard to get games.

"We have to find a way of making certain we don't dismiss these players and we don't lose them. As a nation, we must hope that their lack of games will not destroy their careers, because it could happen.

"If you go two years where you're too good to let go, but not good enough to play every week, you might not be a good player at the end of it. That's where the debate should lie."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

Footer 365

David Gill confirms he will not take up FIFA executive committee post

Football Association vice-chairman David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his post on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sepp Blatter claims he knows how to fix FIFA after re-election

Sepp Blatter says he knows how to fix FIFA’s broken reputation after a traumatic week for football’s governing body.

Sepp Blatter will not last two years, says FA chairman Greg Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke is not surprised Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president but he does not expect him to even last two years.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company