Club limbo stunts English players, says Roy Hodgson

The apparent shallowness of the English talent pool was demonstrated on two occasions during the close season, when England's representative sides went out of the Under-21 European Championship and the Under-20 World Cup without winning a game between them.

updated: September 01, 2013 15:16 IST
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London: England manager Roy Hodgson believes young English players are being harmed by Premier League clubs who do not play them but are fearful of letting them leave.

A study produced by the Guardian newspaper last month revealed that only 33 percent of the players who started Premier League games on the opening weekend of the season qualified to play for England.

That represents the worst figure in the post-1992 Premier League era and leaves the English top flight trailing well behind rival championships in Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

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