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How did the transfer market affect the England team?

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With Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all buying big in the transfer list, what next for the English players their signings replace?

So transfer deadline day came and went, and with it nearly £600m was serpent in the record breaking window, but what does it mean for the future of English football?

Well, some of the signings that have been made will mean that the Premier League remains the most entertaining league in the world, the bigger clubs have bolstered their squad as they prepare to go deep into the domestic competitions whilst also competing in Europe, my worry however is that the majority of the money spent was on Foreign players, a move which goes against the FA's 'Home-Grown' rule and as a result could lead to a downturn in the already low position of England as a national team.

If Roy Hodgson were to honour the rest of his contract with the national side then it is almost certain that he will be there when the likes of John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard etc are gone, but where next?

The clubs appear to be doing the bare minimum in terms of bringing youth to the forefront of their teams and seem constantly more reliant on international players to bring home domestic silverware.

Here is the FA rule in full: Clubs cannot name more than 17 non home grown players aged over 21.

There are some exceptions for example some clubs will have a squad list of 23 because they may have 17 over 21 non home grown players.

But why are we in this situation? On opening weekend, only 68 of the starting line-ups would qualify under the rule out of 220 players, just 30%!

With the coming and goings of yesterday you have to feel that this number will only get smaller as the big name signings like Mesut Ozil, Marouane Fellaini and Victor Moses work their way into positions that were previously held by English players.

Do you think the transfer market will hit the national team?

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