World Cup Qualifiers: English pool too small to challenge

World Cup Qualifiers: English pool too small to challenge

I am not a lover of Roy Hogdson being the England manager because he is too negative - his first option is for England not to be embarrassed.

But, having said that, he is battling the odds and his job is getting harder and harder simply because he is running out of tools.

There are not enough players playing regularly for their clubs and there isn't any "wow" factor or heated discussions about why one player deserves to be in the England squad over another.

Back when I was a player, there were six or seven players in each position who were battling for a spot in the squad. But it is not the same now, not even close.

It takes Hodgson about two minutes to name his squad these days because he has got no one else.

Ross Barkley has been called up and he is not even a regular at Everton; and then there is Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.

I am not having a go at him. He has scored two goals in two games against Scotland and Moldova, and he is now in line to start against Ukraine. But he is really only playing because he is the only forward available.

Typical response

It does not really matter if it is Hodgson or anyone else in charge, the problem is that there aren't enough English players playing in the league.

We cannot have the typical English response to this - with the stiff upper lip - of not wanting to offend people.

We have to be fearless and say that we have to stop denying our countrymen an opportunity to play in our league.

We do need foreign players and coaches, but only the best, so we can learn from them.

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