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ENGLISH TALENT AND THE UEFA CUP

Graeme Sharp, 23rd October 2007 - 16:01

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Blues legend Graeme Sharp is Everton's leading post-war goalscorer and won two league championships, an FA Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup.

He is now the Club's Fan Ambassador and chairs the Fans Forum.

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I was interested to see Sir Alex Ferguson's remarks this week about the number of players of different nationalities playing in the Champions League this year.

 

Sir Alex noted that there were more Scottish players registered for the competition than English ones!

 

I think this goes some way to highlighting why England aren't doing so well at the moment at national team level; there simply isn't the talent coming through.

 

In Scotland of late there has been more of an emphasis on homegrown players and I believe that is bearing fruit - you only have to look at how well Rangers and Celtic are doing in the Champions League and how the national team have been getting on recently.

 

The problem is that clubs are more keen to buy in from abroad than bring through their own young players.

 

Having said that, Everton's squad is quite well off for English or British players. We've done well recently and another club who are strong in that area, Manchester City, are doing well themselves now.

 

Speaking of foreign players, Everton start their Uefa Cup group stage campaign this week, though I must say I am not a fan of the current format.

 

I believe the fact that it is not a straight knockout competition does detract from the competition.

 

European cup competition is about getting the job done over two legs, but the current scenario means you can lose two games and still go through.

 

Nevertheless, I'll be fully behind the lads on Thursday and I hope you will too.

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the pitbulli think we have a great chance in the uafa cup because at the end of the day if tottenham and Middlesbrough can get to the final then so can we and you said that Everton's squad is quite well off for English player and I agree but one player from the England team i would love to see us sign is G. Barry from aston villa

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Louis Stokesi really hope we will get something out of this season possibly the uefa cup. we are looking much stronger and confident than we have for ages.i think it really depends on the teams that join the uefa cup from the cl on whether we'll be in with a chance of winning it.hope it ends out good. c'mon the blue boys.

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