ENGLISH ‘LOWER ORDER’ DOES US PROUD!
FOR years, we’ve all propagated the myth that English players aren’t much good.
That a lack of talent – rather than trust – is behind the Premier League’s ever-increasing foreign quota.
Yet the success of Leicester and Bournemouth is helping to reverse that tide.
Both sides are packed with Englishmen of varying ages who, prior to promotion, were regarded as ‘lower league’ players.
Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater. Simon Francis, Charlie Daniels, Harry Arter, Matt Ritchie.
Not many Premier League managers were clamouring to sign that lot.
But all have proved – via some tough lessons and chastening defeats – that exposure to quality opposition and the trust of a manager can spark exponential improvement.
Drinkwater is even on Roy Hodgson’s radar.
Give English players a chance and they’ll mix it with the best.
The only thing holding them back is the managers who persist in buying bang-average dross from across the globe.