Date:Friday February 16 2007
Over 60 per cent of Premiership players on duty last weekend were non-English and Taylor snapped, 'I was told the Premier League was being formed to help the England team.
'I couldn't see how it would then and I don't see how it is now.
'I fell out with my employers at the time when they lent their name to splitting up the football family with a new elite league based on greed and power.
'Now it's coming back to haunt them. I still believe most young lads want to get into professional football with a dream of representing their country. How will they achieve this ambition with so many good, and so many bad non-English players in the Premier League?'
He went on (and on), 'It is 60 per cent foreign players now, in five years it might be 80 per cent.
'Looking at the figures for Italy doesn't prove me right but it shows what can be done.
'In 10 years it could become the norm not to qualify for major tournaments. England are sixth in the rankings now but could soon drift away down to join Scotland and Wales.
'As England boss I was led to believe that the setting up of 38 Academies in this country was going to groom young, English lads to play for England. But where are they?
'I was told the Premier League would be cut to 18 clubs.
'But it stayed at 22 for five years before dropping to 20 because of the power of club chairmen - the same people who have scouting networks across the globe looking for players and squeezing our homegrown boys out.
'The chairmen at top clubs and managers like Arsene Wenger will say it is up to English lads to be as good as the foreigners, and it is not their responsibility to look after the England team. I can't argue with that.
'So it comes back to the FA, who seem to have rolled over and given up pretty much all of their power to clubs who actively campaign against staging international friendlies.'
You tell them GT, but don't get too angry, you will do yourself a mischief.
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