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Dyke: Man City title win would be depressing

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 11 May 2014

FA chairman Greg Dyke has said that he will be ‘depressed’ if Manchester City win this season’s Premier League due to their lack of English players, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Greg Dyke

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has been the only English player who has started regularly for Man City all season, with James Milner having been left on the bench more often than not, with Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri among those often preferred in the wide areas.

Fellow England player Jack Rodwell has been given few opportunities to prove himself under Manuel Pellegrini, while Gareth Barry and Scott Sinclair were both sent away on season-long loans back in August.

Only a point against West Ham United on Sunday would see Man City win the Premier League title, and Dyke admits that he would be disappointed if they were to emerge as champions.

He said: "It's been a great league this year. But, if there is only one England player, maybe two [in City's team], that's pretty depressing. I think the figures that we produced showed the top four averaged 29 [English players between them] and this year it is down to 24 – we should be worried about that."

On Liverpool, the other club who can win the title on Sunday, Dyke added: "Liverpool have been exciting this year with four or five English players. It's good news for Roy and it's good news for the campaign in Brazil."

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By John Evans on 11 May 2014 at 10:49

Not half as depressing as seeing this self seeking windbag, become Chairman of the FA. His intellect a perfect fit to the rest of him. Someone should point out what the real facts are; 7 Nov 2013 "Five City Academy players joined up with England u16s for the very first time this week. Cameron McCulloch, Joshua Murray, Elan Assiana, Diallo Sadou and Lukas Nmecha made the cut after impressing at England’s pre-season development centre at St George’s Park. All five are now in contention to face Northern Ireland at Bournemouth FC on Friday night. Head of Academy Mark Allen is delighted with this astonishing landmark for the academy - the largest crop of City youngsters to be named in a single international squad. “I think it’s a great reflection on what we’re trying to do, they’re all homegrown boys and now they can call themselves England internationals,” Allen declared. “To get five players in one selection is pretty unique and something we’ve never had before – certainly not in my time here."

By Mike on 11 May 2014 at 10:41

Maybe if the FA strives to improve the level of coaching in the youth sections we might improve and obtain some quality. Another idea is that homegrown should cost less not more so it would be worth obtaining english. (A point in case Shaw costing more then 20 million whilst Moreno a spanish international world cup winner at youth level costing much less) prices are inflated cos british.





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