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City Holding Their Own In State Of The Nation

With Michel Platini monitoring developments the Premier League maintains an intention to see England benefit from rule changes. VMC addresses the State Of The Nation...

The naming of the first ever Premier League 25 man squads is imminent and we can expect an intriguing week of activity across the country as management teams, boardrooms, agents and hacks shuffle their respective packs of millionaire playing cards.

So two games into the new Premier League season, where are we at from an English point of view?

The beleaguered Fabio Capello and Stuart Pearce opted for experience at the World Cup only to put together the most turgid English tournament performance in decades.

So who are the rising stars, where are they coming from and dare we look towards an English future in the most exciting league in the world? A league repeatedly criticised as being one dominated by foreign mercenaries built upon a gargantuan platform of Murdoch money.

Of course, our own Manchester City, pulled back from oblivion in 1999 and re-energised by His Highness Sheikh Mansour in 2008 have come under daily fire for 'ruining English football' with UEFA President Michel Platini being an open critic.

VMC has run a spot check across the Premier League starting XI's that took to the field in the second round of Premier League games this past weekend.

With the naming of those 25 man squads and the European Championship Qualifiers drawing nearer, it's fascinating to see where the top flight manager's thoughts are right now.

The results certainly make for interesting reading and will doubtless stir debate.

Deeper into the season and post squad transition, VMC will run another analysis in search of impact.

English Players In Premier League Starting XI's:
FA Premier League Games 21st-23rd August 2010

- 83 English players started out of a possible 220 positions -

The St George Cross Table:

1. Newcastle United, 8 players

Harper, Perch, Williamson, Routledge, Smith Barton, Nolan, Carroll.

=2. Aston Villa, 6 players

L Young, A Young, Clark, Warnock, Albrighton, Downing

=2. Birmingham City, 6 players

Foster, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Jerome

=2. Manchester City, 6 players

Hart, Richards, Lescott, Barry, Milner, Johnson

=2. West Ham United, 6 players

Green, Upson, Dyer, Parker, Noble, Cole

=2. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 6 players

Foley, Craddock, Jarvis, Henry, Jones, Ebanks-Blake

=3. Sunderland, 5 players

Onuoha, Bramble, Richardson, Henderson, Campbell

=3. Tottenham Hotspur, 5 players

Crouch, Dawson, Huddlestone, Jenas, Lennon

=4. Blackpool, 4 players

Gilks, Baptiste, Evatt, Harewood

=4. Bolton Wanderers 4

Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Davies

=4. Everton, 4 players

Hibbert, Jagielka, Baines, Beckford

=4. Fulham, 4 players

Stockdale, Murphy, Konchesky, Zamora

=4. Stoke City, 4 players

Shawcross, Collins, Whitehead, Etherington

=5. Chelsea, 3 players

Terry, Cole, Lampard

=5. Liverpool, 3 players

Johnson, Carragher, Gerrard

=5. West Bromwich Albion, 3 players

Carson, Morrison, Thomas

=6. Arsenal, 2 players

Wilshere, Walcott

=6. Blackburn, 2 players

Robinson, Jones

=7. Manchester United, 1 player


=7. Wigan Athletic, 1 player


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday August 25 2010
Time: 9:56AM


JB, your showing your naivety. You're supposed to massage the figures so it looks like we're killing football. For gods sake man you've not even included the word 'evil'! :-)
25/08/2010 10:17:00
Excellent article JB, and highlights how much we are ruining football and the England team. Oh wait, no it doesnt.
25/08/2010 11:50:00
You're not giving us enough credit, we should have 7 - Adam AND Michael Johnson. yo
25/08/2010 12:07:00
83 English players starting across 20 teams. Will that figure rise this season?
Johnny Baguette
25/08/2010 16:34:00
Richard Scudamore this month......:"There were 222 English-qualified players who played first-team football in the Premier League last season and we believe that is enough to find 11 to perform in international competition. What we really want is an England manager who is spoiled for choice."
Johnny Baguette
25/08/2010 16:40:00
It's interesting that not only did we start 6 English players on Monday night, but two of them scored. Also amazing that three of the "historic" teams (The Rags, Liverpool, and Arsenal) had the same number as we did...combined. So, they spend millions of pounds each transfer window not even signing English players, but we're ruining football? I'm getting sick and tired of hearing all that garbage.
25/08/2010 17:01:00
Guys you have to get your terminology correct its not City are ruining football ....its City are ruining Sky and the top fours interpretation of football...Great article JB puts it all in perspective...
25/08/2010 21:39:00
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