Gerrard defends Wilshere and back FA to take strong steps in promoting talent in England
English football is hot waters. Debate over nationalities and whether foreign born players should play for England has become the hottest topic in the country. England captain Steven Gerrard has welcomed the idea of restricting the quantity of foreign players playing in the Premier League. Gerrard backed the Football Association to take such a measure and urged them to explore more means of promoting talent in England.
FA’s new chairman Greg Dyke has set up a team to search for the solutions to the decreasing number of talented English players and reasons behind the decline in English players getting opportunities in the top clubs of the Premier League. Gerrard believes the FA is on the right path by taking a strong stance on this matter.
Gerrard was speaking to reporters ahead of England’s World Cup qualifying game against Montenegro, a team they haven’t defeated since November 2010.
“Credit to Greg, he is trying to put a structure in place that will improve the statistics of English players coming through,” Gerrard said. “We have to give it time, it’s not going to happen overnight. I read something about them trying to half number of foreigners in the country and that’s a good start.”
Gerrard also commented on Jack Wilshere’s opinion on this matter. Wilshere recently opened up a big debate on whether the England national team should open up their doors to foreign players. England coach Roy Hodgson has refrained from giving his opinion on the matter, but the general consensus is that it is better to have England born players playing for the Three Lions.
“If players become available through FIFA rules, it’s only right the FA look into it,” Gerrard said. “We need to try and gain every advantage we can to try and make the England team as strong as possible.
“To be fair to Jack, he has given a very patriotic answer. He loves England and I don’t think he wanted to disrespect anyone in any other sport, but credit to him because but he was strong in his opinion and fair play to him.”
Gerrard also commented on Wilshere’s recent confrontation by media. Wilshere was photographed by media outside a nightclub before a game. Gerrard believes Wilshere has learnt a valuable life lesson.
“When you’ve had a couple of weeks like Jack’s had, it makes you a better person, make you strong and they improve you as a player,” Gerrard said.
“At the moment, he is playing out of position at Arsenal and that happened to me at Liverpool for a long time. Arsene Wenger is trying to develop him into a better all-round midfielder. All the experience he is getting now will help him to be a better person and a better player.”