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England should “win World Cup in 2022” as FA sets out targets

Sep 4, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Watch out soccer nations of the world, England have a plan.

Okay, I’m sure the Spanish, Italian, Brazilian, German and every other top Football Association do this to, but when you make grand statements like this it does raise eyebrows.

On Wednesday morning newly appointed Chairman of the English Football Association, Greg Dyke, set out his plans for the English national team and the English game.

He’s thinking big.

“Today I want to set the whole of English football two targets,” Dyke said. “The first is for the England team to at least reach the semi finals of the Euro Championships in 2020 and the second is for us to win the World Cup in 2022.”

Even the most optimistic Three Lions supporters would say that the goal of wining the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is somewhat unattainable. But English soccer needs a major revamp and Dyke is the new figurehead to set the wheels in motion.

Dyke also addressed the worrying trend in the home nation of soccer, as only 32 percent of players in the Premier League during the 2012-13 season were eligible to play for the English national team. That figure is an all-time low.

“The issue, quite simply, is this: In the future it’s quite possible we won’t have enough players qualified to play for England who are playing regularly at the highest level in this country or elsewhere in the world,” Dyke said. “As a result, it could well mean England’s teams are unable to compete seriously on the world stage.”

A little background info on Dyke for you; he was previously the Chairman of Brentford Football Club and is also the current Chairman of the British Film Institute amongst many other titles. After replacing David Bernstein as the FA’s Chairman in July 2013, Dyke’s opinion will now become big news across the global game. In his extensive speech to plan out a path for success, Dyke also highlighted the huge sums of money leaving English soccer as players are signed from across Europe. Figures released in his report show that in the last three years $1.7 billion has been spent by English clubs on players who played in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland and Portugal.

You can read Dyke’s full transcript here to see how the English FA plan to get back to the top of the international tree, even though young English players are finding it harder and harder to play regularly in the Barclays Premier League.

That is another key area that Dyke dissected and he claims that in the next few years the FA and the Premier League will become closely connected so they can work together to benefit the English national team.

Dyke’s appointment as FA Chairman is thought to be for that very reason as he was instrumental in helping to found the Premier League in 1992, his relationship with England’s top-flight is crucial for the success of the English national team going forward.

The FA have thrown down the gauntlet, can the English national team achieve their target?

  1. talgrath - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Here’s the problem for Dyke, the Premier League is ultimately a separate entity from the English FA and the league has different motivations than the FA. The EPL wants successful and profitable soccer clubs, not necessarily successful English players. The only tool the FA has to make the EPL put in some sort of domestic player requirement, and it is a big one, is to threaten to remove the EPL as the top league for English soccer; the problem is that would be shooting themselves in the foot. The EPL makes a pile of money for the English FA; a domestic-centric league might help the English MNT; but putting such requirements on the Premier League would probably hurt England and the league financially. Dyke is talking big, but pulling the trigger is another thing entirely.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Agree with all of this, I’m afraid the Premier League has simply outgrown everyone’s expectations and it’s out of control.

      There’s no way that the Premier League bosses will play along with extra sanctions from the FA in terms of restricting the number of foreign players etc.

      It will be down to the integrity of each club to field young English talent instead of buying expensive talent from abroad. If PL clubs want to see the national team flourish then that’s what they should do… But then why should any teams risk losing their PL status by throwing in a bunch of kids just to help the Three Lions?

      Tricky situation and one that will take some huge negotiating. Not impossible, but almost.

      Can the Premier League learn from the Bundesliga and the huge emphasis they put on bringing through young talent?

      • talgrath - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        The Bundesliga develops young talent for a simple reason though, spending caps. It’s not quite a salary cap, the clubs basically can only spend a certain amount of their base revenue on player salaries and can’t use outside money (such as from owners) to buy players. Bundesliga teams don’t make major, flashy purchases because they can’t by the rules setup. Getting someone to move to another country for a small salary (by comparison to other offers, at least) is very tough to do; so the Bundesliga relies on German talent. Of course, the Bundesliga has had cost restrictions of various sorts from the very beginning, implementing these restrictions in the English PL would be virtually impossible.

  2. billobrienschindimple - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    There is a domestic-centric competition. It is called the Championship.

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