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Ex-Liverpool midfielder Redknapp: Premier League is best but English players are not

Jamie Redknapp is well aware that the Premier League is the best league in the world but he feels that English talent is falling away.

The former Liverpool and England midfielder suggests the matches between the big clubs in England are better than you will see anywhere else in the world but that does not necessarily reflect on the England national team.

A perfect example of this is FIFA's World XI, which saw the entire team made up of players from Spain's La Liga, and Redknapp believes that is a problem for the state of the English game.

"I'm scared about the future of English football. The World XI line-up should be a wake-up call to Premier League footballers," he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

"Eleven players based in Spain, none in England, Germany or Italy. That's an 11-0 hiding.

"I love our league. For its drama and excitement. You won't see better games this weekend anywhere in Europe than Arsenal versus Manchester City and Manchester United against Liverpool.

"I'm convinced we still have the best league but it seems we don't have the best players."

He added: "Last season, when Luka Modric was playing for Spurs, he was arguably the best midfielder in the country and coveted by Chelsea and Manchester United.

"Now he can't get into the Real Madrid team and has been voted the worst signing of the season.

"In the meantime, the best English players such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are edging towards the end of their careers.

"Unless the FA can see something I can't with their coaching centre at Saint George's Park and a new Technical Director in Dan Ashworth from West Bromwich Albion, I can only see this getting worse, before it gets better.

"I hope I'm wrong and next year's XI has more of a Premier League flavour, but I wouldn't bet on it."

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Andrew Slevison
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