The Not-So-English Premier League

David JacobsCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2008

It's now more commonly called the "Barclay’s Premier League" and for good reason as well.

I can't think of a single Premiership club on which every single player is English.  Clubs that come close are West Ham with players such as Robert Green and Mark Noble; Manchester United with players like Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney and Tottenham Hotspur boasts a whole lot, with Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, and Jermain Jenas to name just a few.

When English players from all around the Premiership come together as a national team, they allegedly rank as one of the best in the world.  Yet, they’ve brought home no trophies since 1966 due to childish fouls and retaliations resulting in red cards, or even reluctance to search hard enough for talented English footballers.  

Spain, Italy, and Germany do well enough as national teams with all their homegrown talent.  In some respects these players perform better with their national teams than with England, and so really only a handful of them leave home to go elsewhere.  

But England has been an “elsewhere” for a lot of them.  Arsene Wenger is a notable culprit, responsible for drawing in outside talent.  It was only just 10 years ago that we had English players like the legendary David Seaman, Ray Parlour, Ian Wright, and Tony Adams.  But now that Wenger’s taken over, he’s turned an English club into a second French national team.

How many English players are now at Arsenal?  One. Theo Walcott. Forget me being a Tottenham Hotspur fan for a moment.  THAT is what I don’t like about Arsenal.

Teams like Arsenal and Chelsea have relied too heavily on foreign imports like Shevchenko, Drogba, Adebayor, and Fabregas, and played them too much.  So much in fact that when Frank Lampard does play, he's no good for England.  

It's no wonder England hasn't won any football competitions.  None of them are used to playing football with teammates from the same country.

I’m not saying that foreign players are no good at football, because they are undoubtedly some of the best players ever to kick a ball. All I’m saying is that if it’s going to be called the “English Premier League,” the term should be taken literally.

On an additional note; Not only are foreign players dominating the premiership but also there are plans to bring league matches overseas. Somebody tell me what is going on???