Foreign players are ruining the beautiful game... says MP David Amess

Foreign players are ruining the beautiful game... says MP David Amess

Foreign players are ruining the beautiful game... says MP David Amess

First published in News

A FOOTBALL-LOVING MP has called on fellow fans to boycott top flight matches because there are too many foreign players.

David Amess, Tory MP for Southend West and a staunched West Ham fan, slammed the state of toptier players in the county during a Commons debate on football as the inquest into England’s dismal World Cup performance continues.

England crashed out at the group stage of this summer's World Cup in Brazil failing to beat the likes of Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

His outcry came as Football Association chief Greg Dyke was hauled before MPs to discuss what is wrong with the English game.

Mr Amess said: “Nowadays the Premier League is an absolute disgrace.

Our footballers are paid far too much money and under perform.

“I’m advising everyone to boycott Premier League matches, not the other leagues, the rest of the football teams are fantastic.

“But we will never win the World Cup again if we continue to have all these overseas players.”

Premier League clubs have been spending millions on foreign players again this summer with Arsenal signing Chile's World Cup star Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea bringing in Spanish duo Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

Rick Moran, of Argyle Road, Southend, used to chair the Essex West Ham Supporters Club, and said: “I agree with him in part, as I think we do have too many foreign players in the league.

“They should re-introduce a limit, but not as strict as before, and give younger players a chance in first teams.”

Blues fan Rob Craven, 31, of Manors Way, Prittlewell, said: “The Premier League is a huge brand worldwide, but I think there should be moves to encourage more English players to play in the Premier League.

“As the local MP, perhaps he could encourage football fans around here to come and watch the Blues.

“We have plenty of homegrown players in our firstteam squad.”

Mr Amess used the example of 1966 – where homegrown Hammers players scored in England’s 4-2 victory over West Germany.

However, England's record since then is poor, although they did reach the semi finals of theWorld Cup in 1990.

Mr Amess’ views are backed by former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes who says the lack of English talent coming through is down to “average foreign players” being brought in.

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8:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

SARFENDMAN says...

The whole FA is in need a radical overhaul and the league of 4 divisions is so out of date. Clubs limp on in the lower leagues and are now a shadow of their glory years. We are light years behind the rest with an emphasis on matches/leagues from school years right through to the seniors. Other countries develop skills, skills, skills while here it's all about matches, matches, matches. We have only ourselves to blame for our failures and by simply banning foreign players is not the answer in itself. That's a sticking plaster attitude. Our attitudes from parents to fans needs a big ground shift if we are to compete in the top flight of World Football. No one out there in high places is willing to bite the bullet as too controversial and I guess will simply continue to moan and groan and debate "what if".
The whole FA is in need a radical overhaul and the league of 4 divisions is so out of date. Clubs limp on in the lower leagues and are now a shadow of their glory years. We are light years behind the rest with an emphasis on matches/leagues from school years right through to the seniors. Other countries develop skills, skills, skills while here it's all about matches, matches, matches. We have only ourselves to blame for our failures and by simply banning foreign players is not the answer in itself. That's a sticking plaster attitude. Our attitudes from parents to fans needs a big ground shift if we are to compete in the top flight of World Football. No one out there in high places is willing to bite the bullet as too controversial and I guess will simply continue to moan and groan and debate "what if". SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 1

10:24am Fri 25 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Cue the usual loony race-card wavers....

But he's right. Homegrown talent should be encouraged and given a chance.

And yes, they are paid far too much money and therefore are under motivated. They are not "hungry" enough, except for the trappings of fame and fortune; their "hunger" is misdirected and abused.

The last time we won the World Cup, THAT team was paid just above national average wage and celebrated their win with fish and and chips. And they were not pursued by a procession of plastinated tangerines known as WAGs.

The game was treated seriously and such fripperies as moneygrubbing wannabee pop star girlfriends weren't even heard of.

Nowadays footballers spend more time having their ludicrous exploits played out between the pages of tacky red top tabloids instead of concentrating on the game.

So, ditch distractions like WAGs, put them on a realistic and performance related salary, find some good talent from the backstreets of Britain and encourage decent, honourable sportsmen who do it for the love of country, not fame-seeking, bouffant-haired metrosexual big girls' blouses who can't keep it in their trousers and then can't wait to fill the rest of us in on the gory details. (No thanks.)
Cue the usual loony race-card wavers.... But he's right. Homegrown talent should be encouraged and given a chance. And yes, they are paid far too much money and therefore are under motivated. They are not "hungry" enough, except for the trappings of fame and fortune; their "hunger" is misdirected and abused. The last time we won the World Cup, THAT team was paid just above national average wage and celebrated their win with fish and and chips. And they were not pursued by a procession of plastinated tangerines known as WAGs. The game was treated seriously and such fripperies as moneygrubbing wannabee pop star girlfriends weren't even heard of. Nowadays footballers spend more time having their ludicrous exploits played out between the pages of tacky red top tabloids instead of concentrating on the game. So, ditch distractions like WAGs, put them on a realistic and performance related salary, find some good talent from the backstreets of Britain and encourage decent, honourable sportsmen who do it for the love of country, not fame-seeking, bouffant-haired metrosexual big girls' blouses who can't keep it in their trousers and then can't wait to fill the rest of us in on the gory details. (No thanks.) Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

12:40pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Shoebury Shrimper says...

What a disgrace. Local MP promoting his love of a team from East London rather than his local Football League Club. Typical of too many people from the "white flight from London". Fair enough, support the team from where your roots are but have some respect for us real Southenders and realise that this is South East Essex and not East London. West Ham fans are similar to the majority of Manchester United supporters. None of them actually live in the area where their teams play!
What a disgrace. Local MP promoting his love of a team from East London rather than his local Football League Club. Typical of too many people from the "white flight from London". Fair enough, support the team from where your roots are but have some respect for us real Southenders and realise that this is South East Essex and not East London. West Ham fans are similar to the majority of Manchester United supporters. None of them actually live in the area where their teams play! Shoebury Shrimper
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Fri 25 Jul 14

emcee says...

Amess may not be fit for purpose as an MP but in this respect he is absolutely correct.
Amess may not be fit for purpose as an MP but in this respect he is absolutely correct. emcee
  • Score: 1

2:22pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Balinese says...

That's bit harsh coming from locally mp
That's bit harsh coming from locally mp Balinese
  • Score: -1

2:36pm Sat 26 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Shoebury Shrimper wrote:
What a disgrace. Local MP promoting his love of a team from East London rather than his local Football League Club. Typical of too many people from the "white flight from London". Fair enough, support the team from where your roots are but have some respect for us real Southenders and realise that this is South East Essex and not East London. West Ham fans are similar to the majority of Manchester United supporters. None of them actually live in the area where their teams play!
"None of them actually live in the area where their teams play!"

You feel that people should only support a team they live near?
[quote][p][bold]Shoebury Shrimper[/bold] wrote: What a disgrace. Local MP promoting his love of a team from East London rather than his local Football League Club. Typical of too many people from the "white flight from London". Fair enough, support the team from where your roots are but have some respect for us real Southenders and realise that this is South East Essex and not East London. West Ham fans are similar to the majority of Manchester United supporters. None of them actually live in the area where their teams play![/p][/quote]"None of them actually live in the area where their teams play!" You feel that people should only support a team they live near? ThisYear
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Sat 26 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Cue the usual loony race-card wavers....

But he's right. Homegrown talent should be encouraged and given a chance.

And yes, they are paid far too much money and therefore are under motivated. They are not "hungry" enough, except for the trappings of fame and fortune; their "hunger" is misdirected and abused.

The last time we won the World Cup, THAT team was paid just above national average wage and celebrated their win with fish and and chips. And they were not pursued by a procession of plastinated tangerines known as WAGs.

The game was treated seriously and such fripperies as moneygrubbing wannabee pop star girlfriends weren't even heard of.

Nowadays footballers spend more time having their ludicrous exploits played out between the pages of tacky red top tabloids instead of concentrating on the game.

So, ditch distractions like WAGs, put them on a realistic and performance related salary, find some good talent from the backstreets of Britain and encourage decent, honourable sportsmen who do it for the love of country, not fame-seeking, bouffant-haired metrosexual big girls' blouses who can't keep it in their trousers and then can't wait to fill the rest of us in on the gory details. (No thanks.)
"Cue the usual loony race-card wavers...."

And right on cue the deranged bogbrush chirps up with her comment on football...and 'in ye olde dahys there be dragons'

There still is lovey..and some of them can type
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Cue the usual loony race-card wavers.... But he's right. Homegrown talent should be encouraged and given a chance. And yes, they are paid far too much money and therefore are under motivated. They are not "hungry" enough, except for the trappings of fame and fortune; their "hunger" is misdirected and abused. The last time we won the World Cup, THAT team was paid just above national average wage and celebrated their win with fish and and chips. And they were not pursued by a procession of plastinated tangerines known as WAGs. The game was treated seriously and such fripperies as moneygrubbing wannabee pop star girlfriends weren't even heard of. Nowadays footballers spend more time having their ludicrous exploits played out between the pages of tacky red top tabloids instead of concentrating on the game. So, ditch distractions like WAGs, put them on a realistic and performance related salary, find some good talent from the backstreets of Britain and encourage decent, honourable sportsmen who do it for the love of country, not fame-seeking, bouffant-haired metrosexual big girls' blouses who can't keep it in their trousers and then can't wait to fill the rest of us in on the gory details. (No thanks.)[/p][/quote]"Cue the usual loony race-card wavers...." And right on cue the deranged bogbrush chirps up with her comment on football...and 'in ye olde dahys there be dragons' There still is lovey..and some of them can type ThisYear
  • Score: 2

9:04am Sun 27 Jul 14

whateverhappened says...

Not a just problem I football, it's a problem in britain as a whole
Not a just problem I football, it's a problem in britain as a whole whateverhappened
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Shoebury Shrimper says...

ThisYear wrote:
Shoebury Shrimper wrote:
What a disgrace. Local MP promoting his love of a team from East London rather than his local Football League Club. Typical of too many people from the "white flight from London". Fair enough, support the team from where your roots are but have some respect for us real Southenders and realise that this is South East Essex and not East London. West Ham fans are similar to the majority of Manchester United supporters. None of them actually live in the area where their teams play!
"None of them actually live in the area where their teams play!"

You feel that people should only support a team they live near?
The point I am making is that a local MP should represent LOCAL interests and not those of a football club from another area. He is not the MP for Newham but for Southend West.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoebury Shrimper[/bold] wrote: What a disgrace. Local MP promoting his love of a team from East London rather than his local Football League Club. Typical of too many people from the "white flight from London". Fair enough, support the team from where your roots are but have some respect for us real Southenders and realise that this is South East Essex and not East London. West Ham fans are similar to the majority of Manchester United supporters. None of them actually live in the area where their teams play![/p][/quote]"None of them actually live in the area where their teams play!" You feel that people should only support a team they live near?[/p][/quote]The point I am making is that a local MP should represent LOCAL interests and not those of a football club from another area. He is not the MP for Newham but for Southend West. Shoebury Shrimper
  • Score: 0

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