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Distin says stop looking for excuses

Sylvain Distin has become the latest foreigner to speak out against the accusation that the increasing amount of foreign footballers plying their trade in England is harming the national side.

He has told the Sun that people should stop looking for excuses for England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008: 'I'm the sort of guy that when I read in the paper that England don't succeed because of us, I feel a little surprised.

'People always look for excuses when they fail. Why do we want to talk about foreigners?

'England didn't fail because there are a lot of foreigners here. England have a good team but sometimes you win, sometimes you lose'.

I am one who does like to see the English talent given a chance, which on the whole it is so I cannot see the problem, it is just that - people looking for an excuse, we should just accept the fact that we were not good enough!

Pompeycarpet had recently written an article on this matter here, and he agreed with Distin's views, as did most of us.

My own thinking is that the English game has benefited greatly from the amount of foreign players that have come over in the past decade or so, these players are more often than not technically far superior to the English talent, but at the same time have and will continue to teach the youngsters coming through so much.

There are more than enough English footballers out there, and the cream of the crop always do rise to the top even if they have to leave 'a top club' in order to gain regular football, but it does happen. Just because they do not play for an 'in club' it does not make them any less of a quality, international standard footballer, this is where too many England managers have gone wrong over the years, they look purely at the top clubs for players, rarely elsewhere...

Had we been a little more adventurous in major tournaments down the years, not to mention being able to win a penalty shoot out we quite possibly would have had at least one world cup and a European championship win under our belts in the past decade or so then the clamour would have been completely the opposite 'what an impact the foreign players have made on the English game'... which is what it had been for so long anyway, and should still be.

Truth is we were not good enough to make it through to Euro 2008, the manager was not good enough, the players lacked commitment and enthusiasm - maybe due to this? - and over the years we have flattered to deceive, with it quite probably our own over inflated egos making many think we were better than we were anyway.

Foreign players have helped the English game and they will continue to do so, if the English talent is good enough it will come through, it always has and always will.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 10 2007

Time: 12:00PM

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Who is to blame? The FA for picking a muppet to manage the national team.
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10/12/2007 12:55:00

foreign players in the game over here have only ever helped it - so long as english players are not fully pushed out of a club the game will be fine... people say arsenal have no english/british talent but they bring enough through, if they cannot make it at arsenal they will somewhere else - the state of the game is fine, as storagematt says it is the fa who are ultimately to blame, they picked a spineless muppet who was never the right man...
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10/12/2007 13:34:00

Look no further than the FA - a bunch of *****s. Can any one tell me the collective for *****? Is it a herd or a litter or maybe a flock? Did you know it's a murder of crows? What would be most apt for a group of FA commitee members....could never be pride or pack....any thoughts?
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10/12/2007 13:57:00

they are a cowardice (of curs) on another note, some Argentinian manager may have had a point when he said that the problem with the english team is that all of their players play in the domestic league and therefore they play a one sided, unadaptable game.
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10/12/2007 15:08:00

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10/12/2007 15:08:00

thats fantastic whitestones, now NinjaTim can check it out and pick out the group he feels firs best :-)
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10/12/2007 16:02:00

if people like ditin didnt play bin the league, who would the best british forwards be testing themselves against? without them, the english team would suffer, and other countries teams would suffer - i have made my thoughts clear in the article - and anyone that disagrees with distin should read it ;-) (well, everyone should read it - it took me ages to write :-) )
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10/12/2007 19:55:00

italy won the world cup and until recently every single player in their national team played in italy. the foreign players do nothing but help english football, it would be terrible if poor players were playing every game without any competition, just because they were english. competition is always good as it makes players want to improve, therefore meaking them and england better as a national team. rant over
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10/12/2007 22:55:00

Are the england players technically good enough ? yes... Have 'foreigners helped our game ? yes... Do the England squad lack self belief ? yes... (collectively) Was the choice of manager the reason for the poor showing ? yes.. Will anything change ?... NO !!
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11/12/2007 01:53:00

im still hopeful that the lack of believe can become a no and the will anything change will become a yes... but you dont duild your hopes up do you...
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11/12/2007 08:24:00


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