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The big brains in suits at the BBC have drawn up a clever graph demonstrating how sparse the English boot print is on the modern Premier League. Presumably, they’re doing this to quash any possible xenophobia it might incite.

The two biggest underachievers, Arsenal and Liverpool, look most patronisingly down their noses at young up-and-coming working class children, choosing instead to poach for the sunnier side of Europe. While Everton and Aston Villa are more likely to send their scouts to TK Maxx on a Saturday afternoon, looking for bored teenagers with strong thighs.

Of the Big Four, Chelsea are viewed more positively in terms of Englishness than Liverpool and Arsenal – whose representation is just 0.34 – but are still floundering behind everyone’s second favourite Manchester side, United.

The Spoiler also notices that the top seven advocates of English footballers are all British, begging the question, if Liverpool and Arsenal were managed by Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill instead of Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger, would England be in Euro 2008 next week?

The answer, of course, is maybe.

[BBC Sport]

5 responses so far
  • Dogz // May 28, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Im sorry, but you cant blame Benitez and Wenger for England’s stupidity. Firstly McLaren is an idiot, why should he go from winning a Carling Cup to managing the national team. And, Arsenal has produced loads of English players (Who dont play for Rsenal of course). For example, Harper, Sidwell Cashley etc. Chelski and ManUre have to buy their english talent: Only Terry has come from the Chelsea acadamy. So dont blame Englands failure on Wenger (or Benitiez)

  • Amy // May 28, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    In actual fact, David Bentley came from Arsenal also and he’s a pretty exciting prospect. Arsenal have produced a few English treats of talent. We provided the foundation for most of them and other clubs have just built on that. We make a lot of them but just have trouble keeping them because other clubs rub huge checks under their noses and, “poof,” they’re gone.

  • mustard // May 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    what a ridiculous argument from stupid gooners. You’ve only got 0.34 english players you dummies. That’s 0.34. That’s not even HALF AN ENGLISH PLAYER. Just because you had ONE player ONCE who you got rid of as soon as you possibly could it doesn’t count. Let’s face it you’re english fans supporting a french and african team. Even liverpool who only sign spanish players have got 2 more players than you. I wouldn’t even have bothered to comment on this because you’ve made yourself look very stupid. But you can take some comfort in the fact that I’ve made myself look even stupider by replying to you. Cheers.

  • Little Man in a Toque » 0.34 Englishmen // May 30, 2008 at 5:42 am

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  • dennis vincent // May 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    its not about raising talent. its about having them in your team and teams like liverpool and arsenal are meant to be representing england in the champions league!

    how can you represent england if you have no englishmen in your team?

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