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What is happening to English players?

Wednesday 2nd November 2016
In football circles, one thing we love to do is to get carried away with English talent. Over they years, despite the failures of the national team as a team, we have been blessed with some great individual players.

David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer are just some of the players to grace the football world with their presence on the international stage.

The calibre of players at an England manager's disposal now is an issue I would like to raise. Arguably the current crop of players is one of the most talented in their generation.

I have a concern though however, players like Jamie Vardy (second highest goal scorer in the Premier League last season), Daniel Sturridge who formed a lethal partnership with Louis Suarez in 2013 and of course Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

One thing that has been obvious to all players, the three of these players have had a purple patch in their career. Arguably in the case of England captain Rooney, the 31-year-old has been in decline for some time.

In terms of an England viewpoint, it's not just the strikers that aren't getting picked and inarguable decline. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after being tipped for great things just like the other three players, he too has struggled greatly.

What is the reason for this? This the question I am sure some fans would love to know the answer to. The answers aren't obvious, but the reasons are a few.

English players are just overrated. I am sorry to say so, but this looks to be the case. Jamie Vardy was naturally going to get found out after a breakthrough season, Rooney is past his best, Sturridge is still getting over injury issues and Barkley, well the Evertonian has had attitude questioned by Toffees boss Ronald Koeman.

In regards to all of the teams concerned, Manchester United have a lot of number 10's in their side and of course, up front, they have Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With Leicester City, they have Islam Slijmani, but what seems obvious is that with Leicester is that they seem to be suffering from "second season syndrome" after winning the Premier League title.

The example of The Foxes arguably isn't the greatest example of proving my point about English talent and how they are struggling this season, Leicester City as a team tactically have arguably been found out.

Liverpool striker Sturridge helps to prove my point, the former Manchester City and Chelsea player has been in a steady decline ever since that stellar season of 2013/14.

My statement about English players being overrated is maybe a bit of an overstatement, but one thing I do maintain is that English talent is arguably getting sidelined for better foreign players.

Except for Barkley who I feel is yet to realise his full potential, in the case of the three of the players that I have mentioned, all three will have to work harder to make themselves into the important players that they were for their side.

Rooney, Vardy and Sturridge are all talented players. For England's sake, all three will need to be back playing regularly for their clubs.
Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.


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