Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira believes that English youngsters are being let down by the standard of coaching, rather than the number of foreign players in the Premier League, BBC
With England teams struggling at major tournaments over the past 20 years, the growing number of foreign players playing in the Premier League is often cited as a reason for the national side’s failure. New FA chairman Greg Dyke recently promised to address that, explaining that English players currently make up just 32% of starting line-ups in the top-flight compared to 69% in 1992-93.
But Vieira, now elite development coach at City, feels coaching methods are partly to blame for the decline. He said: “The problem is deeper than just saying there are too many foreigners. The methods in England haven’t changed as much as the game has changed. I believe the game has changed and if the game has changed that means we need to change our methods.
“I heard some comments about there being too many foreigners in the country, that that is why there is no chance for the English players to have a chance to play in the first team. But for me that is the comment everybody wants to hear. The truth is we need to ask how can we help the young players to develop?”
Vieira was part of the French team that won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000, while he helped Arsenal to three Premier League titles.
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