Gerrard: I fear for England's future

Steven Gerrard Euro 2012 England vs Italy

The England captain has made it clear that the pool of players the national coach has to select from cannot be allowed to get any smaller.

FA chairman Greg Dyke recently published a report which criticised the increasing number of foreign imports in the English game and Gerrard says the issue must be addressed.

With the Premier League and foreign players blamed for having a negative effect on the amount of young English players coming through the system, Gerrard feels something needs to be done now, not later.

Gerrard told the BBC: "The English players and coaches do need some help. This pool of players cannot be allowed to get any smaller, it needs to grow. We need to get the balance right of still having the best league in the world while expanding the pool of players."

This 'balance' has been difficult to implement because of the differing views of the Premier League and the Football Association. Dyke has proposed the creation of a new tier within English football to accommodate Premier League B teams but it's been met by a wave of scepticism.

Roy Hodgson echoed his captain's comments by saying that England’s brightest young players are being hindered by expensive foreign imports at the Premier League’s top clubs. 

The Liverpool midfielder also feels that some young players coming through now lack the necessary hunger or desire to succeed because of the culture of fame and money, but was quick to deny any players in the current England squad suffer from such distractions. 

"There are less and less coming through with the right amount of hunger but all I can judge it on is the players I've been around and this squad does have a hunger to succeed." 

If you compare the performances against Italy at Euro 2012 and this World Cup, there has been a significant improvement, but the same result.

Unless the FA and the Premier League can find a way to have the best league in the world and help young English talent grow, the England national side will continue to suffer. 

Gerrard can see first-hand the problems, but whether or not anyone will resolve them remains to be seen.  

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