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England have been told by Ruud Gullit that the country’s biggest problem is the variety of overseas star playing in key positions within the Premier League. The Three Lions once more didn’t win the World Cup after being knocked out by France within the quarter-finals with Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Declan Rice and Harry Kane all picked out as players who must be at the next level or demanding more match motion. 

England’s long wait for a world trophy went on after the disappointing last-eight defeat in Qatar with the World Cup win in 1966 still the one occasion that the country has lifted any significant international silverware in the boys’s game. 

While the performances within the Middle East were encouraging, it was not enough to finish the long drought with attention already beginning to turn to how one can turn the nation’s fortunes around. 

Now Gullit has offered his opinion on England’s plight, suggesting there shouldn’t be enough Englishman taking over key roles within the Premier League. 

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“What’s fascinating at the highest level in a World Cup is that each generation should have an example,” he said.“England has been prematurely eliminated at this tournament despite a beautiful performance against France. They really played well but again they might not survive.

“Today’s generation at England never experienced 1966 and in any respect previous tournaments saw only penalty shootouts that failed.

“Also, with the Premier League, England has essentially the most beautiful and largest league on the earth, however the five biggest clubs would not have English internationals playing in essentially the most crucial positions. That’s killing the national team — there must be England players there, as they then get used to winning big trophies on a regular basis. You win more with the larger clubs.” 

The Dutchman singled out five players who summed up the issue with Pickford, Maguire, Stones, Rice and Kane all either not playing at a high enough levels or playing continuously enough. 

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“Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford plays at Everton, not a top-five club,” he said. “Of the 2 central defenders, Harry Maguire is on the bench at Manchester United. John Stones does play at Manchester City but not all the time.

“Declan Rice, the controlling midfielder, plays at West Ham United and Harry Kane is a striker at Tottenham, where he has a team that has not won a trophy for years.

“That’s England’s biggest problem. The team all the time plays well, but cannot make the ultimate step.”

England’s next competitive match shall be on March twenty third because the Three Lions face Italy of their opening Euro 2024 qualifying match. 

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