Italy's Buffon claims Premier League cheating England squad

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 01, 2012 09:50 hrs

Italy's football captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes the Premier League is cheating on the England national team.

uffon believes the top flight on these shores are "no longer very faithful" to the Three Lions as the influx of foreign players means it is harder for domestic players to progress.

Buffon says, "Having a competitive league doesn't necessarily mean having competitive players."

"For a number of years now, the English league has had the best football and is the best league in terms of quality. The money that's in the game means they can go and buy anyone from all over Europe or the world. This can happen in Spain and Italy as well as England, but the league in England is no longer very faithful to what the national side needs," Fox Sports quoted Buffon, as saying.

"With this footballing globalisation, it's very difficult. You struggle to have players from your own country playing in the top league," he added.

Buffon had a huge part to play in ending England's Euro campaign as he helped Italy defeat Roy Hodgson's boys on penalties in the quarter-finals.

But the Juventus stopper is not writing off the Three Lions completely and believes they have been very unfortunate over the years.

He said: "The England national side has its own strengths and they're a lot more physical than other sides. England aren't very lucky. They've lost on penalties in the last five or six times, so the margins between winning and losing are very thin indeed." (ANI)

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