The FA finally conceded that the vast number of foreign supporters put paid to England's chances. "With the Premier league as it is" said a spokesman "the average English supporter is hardly getting a look in, and seeks comfort in Leagues 1 and 2. Those that do make it through arent given a long run as the European manager's insist on a rotation system
Even at half time, English fans struggle with the fois gras and sushi on offer, bemoaning the cups of bovril and meat pies of years gone by. The breaking point was in 2008 when Arsenal fielded 48,000 foreign supporters, the only Englishmen were on the St Johns Ambulance bench
Yet, foreign supporters are enjoying their best ever Premier League season. The wild celebrations in Southwark as Ghana reach the last 16 with street parties, merchandise and grown ups encouraging their kids to get up and fight for Ghana in SE2. Touching.
We must commence a root and branch review of how we have arrived at this situation and bring these supporters back into Premier League action and get them back to the terraces with their rattles, scarves and cries of "Play up The Arsenal"
We are already looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup and hope that we can achieve a 25% penetration of English supporters ready for that challenge as we know the current crop will no longer be with us"