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LONDON---With crucial World Cup qualifiers
approaching, England coach Roy Hodgson has
complained that his talent pool is severely lim-
ited by foreign players packing Premier League
Barely 30 per cent of the players in action in
the Premier League are English, according to
Hodgson, who is unhappy that overseas imports
are used as quick-fix solution by managers, block-
ing the paths of homegrown prospects into the
None of last season s top seven sides---Man-
chester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal,
Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool---has so far
signed an Englishman in the summer transfer
window after collectively spending hundreds of
millions of dollars on imports.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scu-
damore, though, said recently that there were
more than 200 English players in the topflight
That statistic, which Hodgson heard repeated
during a television discussion, is disputed by the
veteran manager, who said he "can t name that
"I would defy anyone to come up with 240
(English) names in the Premier League," the
former Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and
Fulham manager said. "I don t think quite frankly
you would be able to come up to 30 or 40."
That s a problem when Hodgson has to pick
a squad that can qualify for the World Cup, and
is then capable of competing with the leading
nations in Brazil next year.
England is second in its qualifying group, two
points behind Montenegro with four games
remaining. England hosts Moldova at Wembley
Stadium on Friday and travels to Kiev to play
Ukraine on September 10.
Hodgson is concerned that, although the lead-
ing clubs have English players on their books,
they aren t always first-team regulars because
"their way is blocked by extremely talented play-
Hodgson even doubts whether David Beckham
would have been given an opportunity to shine
had he been breaking into football today.
The now-retired former England captain
emerged from United s renowned "Class of 92"
---members of that year s youth team, also includ-
ing Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brothers Gary
and Phil Neville, who became regulars for their
club and England.
Hodgson said that because the Premier League
is "such an important league, the coaches are
under such enormous pressure" that they can t
risk allowing young players to develop.
"What would have become of the Nevilles,
Beckham, Scholes, (Welsh winger Ryan) Giggs,
(Nicky) Butt had it not been the fact the time
when they were growing up the manager (Alex
Ferguson) did take a chance," Hodgson said.
"They didn t go rushing out and buy a foreigner
Hodgson points now to Tottenham, which has
invested close to £100 million ($150 million) on
a string of overseas recruits in 2013, limiting
opportunities for English players at White Hart
Lane, including 21-year-old midfielder Tom Car-
"They are players who are too good to let go
but they are finding it hard to get games," Hodgson
said. "Now we ve got to find a way ourselves of
making certain that we don t dismiss these players,
that we don t lose them. As a nation I ve got to
hope not getting a lot of games is not going to
destroy their careers because it could happen.
"If you go two years as a player who is too
good to let go but not good enough to play every
week you might not be a very good player at the
end of it."
Hodgson accepted he doesn t see much club
football below the senior level.
"In the (England) under-21s I come into contact
with Jesse Lingard who I ve never heard of basi-
cally because I don t watch under-21s," Hodgson
said, discussing the 20-year-old Manchester
United midfielder who impressed on the club s
On the flip side, while the Premier League is
importing players, none of the outfield players
in Hodgson s latest squad have any experience
playing for a club abroad.
"The players who will get their chance to try
their luck abroad are the players the (English)
clubs don t want," Hodgson said.
England's national soccer team coach Roy
Hodgson speaks during the press conference at
Wembley Stadium, recently. AP PHOTO
Hodgson concerned about
EPL's lack of English stars
CARSON---Sporting Kansas City
and New York both won while
Montreal drew on Saturday to cre-
ate a three-way tie atop Major
League Soccer s Eastern Confer-
Sporting won 2-1 at Colorado,
with Graham Zusi scoring the win-
ner in the 89th minute.
Benny Feilhaber scored the open-
ing goal for Sporting with a spec-
tacular 30-yard strike in the 33rd
minute --- the club s first goal in
213 minutes of play --- but the
Rapids seemed to have earned a
point when Edson Buddle equalized
in the 77th, only for Zusi to net the
winner. It was Colorado s first loss
in ten games.
Montreal s 0-0 draw at Philadel-
phia extended the Impact s unbeat-
en run to three games but the
dropped points cost them the out-
right East lead.
Philadelphia improved to a 4-4-
0 record this season when coming
New York won 2-1 at home
against lowly D.C. United, with
goals from Lloyd Sam and Tim
The Red Bulls won despite play-
ing without star forward Thierry
Henry for the first 57 minutes as
punishment for his confrontation
with head coach Mike Petke at a
English import Bradley Wright-
Phillips made his first MLS start
in Thierry s place.
Nick DeLeon got his first goal of
the season for United, equalizing
in the 36th minute, but Cahill
restored the hosts lead a minute
Los Angeles Robbie Keane scored
twice and set up Landon Donovan s
132nd MLS goal as the Galaxy beat
San Jose 3-0.
Keane, who has 12 goals this sea-
son, sent Donovan streaking alone
into San Jose s box to give Los
Angeles a lead in the 26th minute.
Keane then converted a penalty in
the 43rd and scored on a volley in
Donovan moved within two goals
of MLS career goals leader Jeff Cun-
ningham, and one behind Jaime
Seattle s Eddie Johnson scored
in the 14th minute to lift Seattle to
a 1-0 win at Columbus despite
playing down a man for 83 min-
Johnson gave Seattle (12-8-4)
the lead with a header off a 35-
yard free kick by Mauro Rosales.
Seattle s Leonardo Gonzales was
sent off in the 7th minute when,
as the last defender, he pulled down
Ryan Finley 40 yards from goal.
Montreal Impact's Felipe Martins, centre, celebrates with teammates
Hernan Bernardello, left, and Andres Romero after scoring against the
Houston Dynamo during the first half of an MLS soccer game in
Montreal, Saturday. AP PHOTO
Three-way tie atop MLS Eastern Conference
LIVERPOOL---Wayne Rooney is
unlikely to play for England in its
two upcoming World Cup qualifiers
after sustaining a cut to the forehead
in a training-ground collision with
teammate Phil Jones at Manchester
United manager David Moyes pre-
dicted yesterday that Rooney would
be out for "probably three weeks."
"It s bad," Moyes said. "It s right
down the middle of his forehead and
it will take a while to heal. He turned
around and Phil Jones just lifted his
boot as his head came in."
Rooney missed United s 1-0 loss
to Liverpool in the Premier League
on Sunday. England hasn t yet con-
firmed whether the striker has been
ruled out of Friday s match at home
to Moldova and the trip to Ukraine
four days later.
England s ticket to the World Cup
finals in Brazil is far from secure, with
the team second in its qualifying
group---two points behind Montene-
gro with a game in hand and with
four matches left. Ukraine is a point
further back in third.
England coach Roy Hodgson would
also have been concerned to hear Liv-
erpool manager Brendan Rodgers say
that striker Daniel Sturridge, who
scored the winner against United, is
also struggling for fitness and was
only playing at "70 per cent" at
Anfield on Sunday.
The other strikers in England s
squad are Rickie Lambert, Jermain
Defoe and Danny Welbeck.
To add to Hodgson s problems,
right backs Jones and Glen Johnson
hobbled off with ankle injuries during
the Liverpool-United match and are
Rooney to miss
with head cut
GENEVA---FIFA President Sepp
Blatter is warning that Swiss football
would be at risk if the country s vot-
ers decide in November to back pay
curbs aimed at managers.
Voters will decide in a referendum
Nov. 24 on the "1:12 initiative," under
which the pay of a company s high-
est-paid employee would be limited
by law to at most 12 times that of its
Blatter, who is Swiss, told the
Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper that
"Swiss football would have a real
problem with its transfer market" if
the proposal passes.
He was quoted as saying: "Who
would still want to play here? We
could hang up football."
In a March referendum, Swiss vot-
ers voted to boost shareholders say
on executive pay and ban one-off
bonuses known as "golden hellos"
curbs would hurt
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