Germany manager Joachim Low predicts that a summer of record Premier League spending will make the England team even weaker.
Low is rubbing his hands with glee because several large PL purchases came from the Bundesliga, ploughing more money into the Bundesliga.
Manchester City paid Wolfsburg £54.5m for Kevin de Bruyne, Liverpool bought Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim for £29m and Tottenham gave Bayer Leverkusen £18m for Son Heung Min.
Chelsea spent £17.7m on Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman, Leicester took Shinji Okazaki from Mainz for £7.5m and Bastian Schweinsteiger left Bayern Munich for Manchester United for £6m.
Only a third of the players who started the opening weekend of Premier Leagye fixtures were English – the lowest number in the league’s history.
“Premier League clubs are now paying three times what they used to,” he said. “But the good thing is that money is being ploughed back into the Bundesliga.
“That helps make the German national team stronger because in the past few years £100m has been put back into youth development.
“That money has been used to make the standard of young players better. England will have to face up to fact that their young players don’t get the minutes for their clubs.
“That is why the English national team hasn’t set the world alight.”