EFL TROPHY

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  1. Plymborn

    Plymborn Well-Known Member
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    Maybe Sepp Blatter has popped over here to give the EFL some tips on how to run a successful competition....:headbang:
     
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  2. homepark_hobo

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    Harvey would never say his pet project was a failure - regardless of fan opinion.

    No one really thought that adding the U21 teams would be a success. It was a bully move from the Premier League.

    It is high time the Premier League clubs (particularly the big boys) realised that it is they that are failing the England youth (and other home nations come to that) - with their obsessions around signing countless prospects from abroad rather than giving fair trial to players from their youth teams.

    Until the money stops talking the national side will always be mediocre & no amount of messing with the Football League (as it is not the EFL!) will fix the problem!

    Right rant over, back to work...
     
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  3. PompeyLapras

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    The numbers of English players contributing to our failure at international level is a lazy and simplistic argument. If that was such a huge factor, why then were we so awful in the 80s when the entire top division mostly was English (or Welsh or Scottish)? There's a range of factors, obviously the lack of players playing at the top level is a factor but relatively minor I feel. Other factors include archaic attitudes and coaching methods at youth and senior level, the lack of English players playing abroad, a perennial tendency to pick players based on name or who they play for rather than form or even game time (Rooney being a prime example), the fact that the players are treated as bigger than the team, and a xenophobic press who demand the England manager has to be English, despite the fact that our worst tournament performances have been under an English manager (Hogdson/McLaren) while our best has been under a foreigner (Erickson). Among other reasons.

    As for this Trophy, Harvey can piss off and take his sycophantic attitude with him.
     
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  4. homepark_hobo

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    Reflecting on your comments PompeyLapras I do agree with most of them and can see your point.

    I agree particularly that players should be picked on merit not name. Rooney has not been the same player since moving to the midfield and we have better options than him now anyway. I am a fan of Defoe and was pleased to see him start last time.

    I see that we both agree about Harvey at any rate - the sooner he is gone the better for the Football League.
     
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