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There are in fact a number of English players abroad. However, the Premier League being the richest league in the world the most talented English players are often signed by large clubs at a young age. Another argument is that English players fall into a style of football that is more direct and competition for possesion is higher, a playing style that is not as common in other European nations such as Spain and Italy where pass completion if slower and more free flowing.

A more interesting was to look at this question though is why are there so few English players in the Premiership as well as abroad. This comes back to investment in grass roots fottball and large clubs would rather invest in players from around the world who already have demonstrated talent than try to develop local players through academys.

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