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Southgate sends warning to PL over declining amount of English starters

Netherlands vs England

England will take on the Netherlands on June 6th in the first ever set of Nations League semi-finals.

The winner of said tie will then face either Portugal or Switzerland for the right to be named the winners of the inaugural Nations League trophy.

England may be at somewhat of a disadvantage heading into the tie though.

This is because the Premier League has four teams in the Champions League and Europa League finals.

With a large number of English regulars in the Tottenham and Liverpool squads especially, this could pose some fitness issues for Southgate as the UCL final is just five days before the Netherlands clash.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 13: England manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane during a training session as part of the England media access at Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on June 13, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Southgate worried about England’s future

Southgate released his 23-man squad to face the Netherlands on May 16th.

The squad has a fair bit of depth and a lot of young exciting talent. Such as Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

However, despite having a good base of young stars to work with, Southgate is worried about England’s future.

According to the FA, as quoted in the Telegraph, the number of English qualified players [EQP] in Premier League starting XIs fell to their lowest number since its record began, currently at 30 per cent for across the league and 19.9 per cent among the big six.

As a result, Southgate has warned that this number could easily drop as low as 15 per cent and has urged English clubs to stop the graph slipping any further:

“The big concern for me is this graph continues to fall away and that we end up in ten years’ time with an England manager who has got 15 per cent of the league and why wouldn’t that happen? Because it has dropped 15 per cent in the last seven or eight years, so there’s no sign of that being arrested because more money coming in. That is a big danger for us.

“The first thing we’ve got to do is arrest the slide. We have to stop that graph slipping. Because it isn’t correct to say we’re not developing good players. I think that’s really important.”As quoted by the Telegraph.

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Gareth Southgate names England squad for Nations League finals


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