Pep Guardiola urges more English players to move abroad

12th Mar 2018

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists England’s national side would have greater success if more of their players moved abroad.

The riches of the Premier League means many players find it difficult to move abroad, with Gareth Bale being the only notable British player to leave these shores for the continent in recent years.

Guardiola believes exposing players to different cultures and ideas of how to play football can be extremely beneficiary to development and used Spain’s international dominance from 2008-2012 as a primary example.

"When they came back into the national team, they were stronger. They were better," Guardiola told the BBC.
 
"They did very good things that helped Spanish football. Could that benefit the England team? I think that's true.
 
"I think it's a good experience to move to another country and see different realities to your own."

While it seems many of England’s senior players don’t quite follow the same belief, there has been a recent move towards some of the nation’s top young players stepping out of their comfort zone. 

Marcus McGuane became the first Englishman to play for Barcelona since Gary Lineker this month after leaving Arsenal due to a lack of first-team opportunities and there are fears that the talented Reiss Nelson could be next.
 
Former Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund last summer, while Reece Oxford and Ademola Lookman have also swapped the Premier League for the Bundesliga this season, finding themselves on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig respectively.

The Premier League’s reserve division folded in 2012 and was replaced by the 'Premier League 2' and Guardiola feels that the league needs to be strengthened to help player development.

"I think the Premier League is a wealthy league and maybe the English players prefer to stay," Guardiola added.
 
"For me, the most important thing is to make the second-team league stronger. Without that, it will be tough for the English national teams. That is my personal view."

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