Do the Premier League’s foreign players damage England?

England manager Roy Hodgson has been fighting his corner lately, first bemoaning the use of international breaks by clubs and players looking for an excuse to take a holiday and then taking on English football’s elephant in the room: the ratio of homegrown players to foreign imports in the Premier League.

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Celebrate 90 years of Wembley Stadium with the Wembley Pass

It’s a big year for the Football Association. The English game’s governing body is marking its 150th Anniversary with a series of top-notch England fixtures and other assorted events, but there’s another significant anniversary in the neighbourhood too: Wembley Stadium’s 90th year.

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Ball Street

451 from Ball Street: Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers and Andy Carroll

In this week’s 451 from Ball Street, Ian Wright and Marcus Speller discuss Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, Andy Carroll at West Ham United and more.

Premier League Recap

Premier League Recap: Andy Carroll, Adam Johnson and Michael Carrick in the goals

Manchester City and Wigan Athletic won their FA Cup semi-final matches at Wembley this weekend, leaving their rivals at the top and bottom of the Premier League table to take advantage, or otherwise, with their league fixtures. Aston Villa and Stoke City made little or no progress at the bottom, but the gap at the top is back to 15 points thanks to a Manchester United win at Stoke.

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Phil Jones, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain unavailable for Under-21s

Tom Bennett at The Youth Radar reported late last week that England manager Roy Hodgson has added some clarity to any questions relating to the Under-21s’ selection conundrum for this summer’s UEFA Euro 2013 tournament in Israel: players deemed to be established senior team players will not be eligible for the competition.

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