Enjoy a BBC football graph
After all, you probably paid for it
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.