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Posted On: 7 September 2013 11:04 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

England sets sights on Fifa World Cup 2022 in Qatar

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England’s Football Association (FA) Chairman Greg Dyke said earlier this week that he and his team England would have their sights firmly on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Mr. Dyke while speaking to the media ahead of England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers also confessed his fears that the lack of homegrown talent in England could be a serious obstacle to England’s dreams of a World Cup win. “The problem is serious, very serious,” Mr. Dyke said, confessing his feelings over the ”frightening trend” of fewer and fewer homegrown players playing in the top flight. “English football is a tanker that needs turning,” he commented in his first major speech in the role, calling on the game to unite to address the problem. “I want to set the whole of English football two targets. The first is for the England team to at least reach the semi-finals of the Euro Championship in 2020 and the second is for us to win the World Cup in 2022.” Dyke laid out vital statistics in his address, saying that the number of English Players in the starting lineups of top flight clubs had dropped from over 70% in 1993 to less than 30% today. Dyke called on players and managers in England to work towards reversing this dangerous trend so that the nation can work towards their twin long term targets of a Euro Cup semi-finals in 2020 and a World Cup win in 2022. “I believe my job, as chairman of the FA, is to ensure that the structures are in place to give future England teams the best possible chance of achieving success and that is what I intend to do.” he concluded, urging the teams and coaches in England to not let the nation down. Image Courtesy: The Standard Source:Qatar Chronicle