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According to Daily Express, the English FA is pleased with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for fielding players in his starting XI against Manchester United who are eligible to play for the Three Lions.
83 of the 220 players to line-up for their club’s opening fixture are eligible to play for the Three Lions – a 15 per cent increase from the 72 who started the programme last August. The FA is impressed with this stat but aren’t getting carried away as they believe it’s too early to look on one round of fixtures as any sort of turning point.
Lampard started Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley against Manchester United and all three players are eligible to play for England.
In Chelsea’s opening fixture last season against Huddersfield, Barkley was the only player eligible to represent England that was in the starting XI.
Despite the increase to about 38 percent in the opening weekend, the Premier League lags behind their main rivals in the continent.
Last season, La Liga had 60 per cent Spanish starters while French players provided more than half the talent for Ligue 1. In the Bundesliga, 45 per cent of the starters were Germans while Italian players occupied 40 per cent of the starting positions in the Serie A.