Are the Ozil and Fellaini deals bad for the England national side?

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The debate over the state of English football rolls on following Greg Dyke’s first address as FA Chairman.

The main criticism which has been levelled at English football is that there are too many foreign players gracing the Premier League, which damages the chances of the English national side of being successful.

Several measures are currently being talked about; the idea of a cap on foreign players against extra investment which can be made to increase the number of coaches at grass roots level.

Either way, it seems like there is going to be a change in the near future which would take away some of the excitement of the scramble we saw for some of the best players in Europe on the final day of the transfer window earlier this week.

Two transfers in particular have been cited as perfect examples of why English football is supposedly on the decline; Mesut Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal and Marouane Fellaini’s switch to Manchester United.

In each case it is clear to see where an English player could lose out with Ozil standing a great chance of restricting Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal appearances and Fellaini likely to keep Tom Cleverley out of the Manchester United side.

That should be very worrying for England boss Roy Hodgson, especially in a World Cup year, because Cleverley and Wilshere are two of England’s more important central midfield players.

However, in each case it’s important not to overreact and to reflect realistically on those two deals and the knock on effects in a logical way.

Wilshere is clearly one of the most talented players that England have produced in recent years and he has been tipped to become a future Arsenal and England captain on a regular basis.

Arsene Wenger is the man who oversaw his development through his teenage years and it’s likely that rather than replace him with Ozil, the Frenchman will try to find a system where they can both play together. In fact playing alongside the German will surely only be good for Wilshere's game.

He will also be depended on less, allowing Arsene Wenger to manage his fitness better and take fewer risks.

The argument that Cleverley will miss out is also flawed because David Moyes has made it very clear he plans to use the youngster regular at Manchester United.

One of the big debates at the moment for United fans is how Cleverley is keeping Japanese star Shinji Kagawa out of the side but he clearly has something Moyes believes in and that’s reason to have faith he’ll get plenty more chances in the future.

These are young players being looked after by two of the most experienced managers in English football. The idea that they will just be dropped and neglected because of a couple of high profile transfers is certainly flawed.

It works both ways because the argument for a cap means more English and British players would get a chance to play at the top level of English football but the idea of having more coaches means those players getting chances, will be better technical players when their chance comes around.

What do you think? Are the transfers of Ozil and Fellaini bad for the England national team?

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