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Ex-Villa boss Taylor: England cause gets lost in Premiership focus

Former England and Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor says World Cup failure is down to the Premier League.

Taylor, who resigned as England boss in 1993 after failing to qualify for USA '94, had harsh words for current manager Fabio Capello and his players after their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Germany but insists there are structural problems at play too.

"Club football reigns supreme in our country," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "When there's no club football we all become England supporters. But we are club-orientated to such a degree that since the formation of the Premier League, the FA is still seen as the ruling body but it doesn't work that way.

"There needs to be a better understanding of the clubs and the international side in terms of how we can prepare for tournaments in a better way."

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