It takes a nation to protect the nation
I don't know about football specifically, as it is a game of luck as well as of skill etc , but in terms of general sports, and indeed of general health and fitness, I think that the continual brow-beating and guilt tripping that is inflicted on indiginous British kids does have a certain demoralising and adverse impact which will affect their ability.
Though it is of course only part of the mix, others being lack of self-discipline and drive, sitting around playing computer games and drinking/smoking dope etc
The bluring of national boundaries is part of the process of the EU project. On the otherhand, freedom of commerce would allow for buying and selling of players across borders. I think it up to the FA to sort out the situation. I like what Alan Shearer is saying that only English born players should play in the national team. That is a start anyway to recovering the national game.
I believe only people born in a country should play for that country. Other wise they're just mercenaries. This may seem harsh on some players who have come to this country, or any other country for that matter, and become nationals of that country and accepted that country as their own. Maybe I'm being to rigid in my view. But I know plenty of Black people and Indian people who support the country of their Parents when it comes to national sports and no one has a problem with that.
I think the rules should be strict and hurt feelings should not come into it. My mind always goes back to the 'Zola Budd' case, where a South African girl was allowed to run for Britain in the Olympics, because she ate a Cornish pasty once, or some other stupid reason.
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