FIFA's '6+5' rule, if allowed in England, would mean that teams must field at least six players who are eligible for England's national team.
Now I've heard a lot of people saying that Arsenal would be knackered if this was the case. Maybe in present times it would affect us but Arsenal aren't the only ones would suffer. I believe the whole English league would suffer as a result.
If this ruling was implemented then football in England would become a shadow of what it is right now. The English Premiership is regarded as the best in Europe, if not the world and like it or not the influx of foreign players has only helped the Premiership become as big as it is today.
People say that English players have suffered as a result of players from over-shores players coming here. I really don't believe that is the case. In my opinion, if anything, the foreign players have helped to improve the standard of football in our country and have raised the standard of English players too.
I'd go as far as saying that we owe a great deal to the influence of these players coming to England. Diet has improved and players now are much better than they were years ago.
I think it is nonsense that English players and England's national team have suffered since the number of foreign players have increased in England. Especially the stuff I've heard that Arsenal are ruining the English game by hardly using any English players.
If an English player is good enough then Arsene Wenger will use him. His passport has no bearing on his chances. That's good enough for me. I couldn't care less if a player was from England or Mexico as long as they do the business for Arsenal.
I've heard that the '6+5' rule would improve the England national team's chances of winning things. I think that is rubbish. England haven't won a thing since 1966. Foreign players really began coming to England in 1995ish so what happened to England from 1966 to 1995 then? Every team had mostly English players in the side and still England won nothing.
The foreign thing is an excuse for our own mediocrity. Having this rule wouldn't improve England's chances of winning things. It would only award mediocre English players who usually wouldn't get in the team. How would that improve England?
The truth hurts and the truth is Arsene Wenger and foreign players have benefited England's league's. Hardly any English people will admit that but its true. We will never admit our own failings and it's easy to blame the influx of foreign players as an excuse.
As I've said people say Arsenal will be ruined. I don't think we will. We have a great crop of young English players coming through and I'm sure the methods they have picked up from Arsenal will be a great benefit to the England national team in the future.
Keep it Goonerish.............