England players moving abroad will boost national side, claims Deane

The retired striker now manages in Norway after a lengthy playing career that included a stint in Portugal and he believes players would benefit from time in foreign leagues
Former England striker Brian Deane believes the national team would have more success at international level if more players had experienced life abroad like manager Roy Hodgson.

The former Sheffield United, Leeds and Benfica forward scored the Premier League’s first ever goal for the Blades and won three Three Lions caps under Graham Taylor, and now manages Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08.

"If you’re a player in England and you get the opportunity to go abroad, you should try it," he told The Daily Mail.

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Aged 30, he joined the Lisbon club for £1 million in January 1998 and scored seven goals in 18 matches before moving to Middlesbrough later that year for £3m.

He argued: "It definitely gives you more of a presence and improves your mentality. You're confident you can go into any given situation.

"If you play in front of 70,000 at the Stadium of Light, or you go away in the Lisbon derby and score, these are experiences that you bring back with you. As I'm sure they did for Paul Ince, Michael Owen and David Beckham.

"Roy Hodgson has managed all over the world. He will have picked certain things up from all those experiences. He can take a view from outside the box, technically and tactically.

"I think the same thing would apply to players, but until England get more players playing abroad we'll always be pretty much one dimensional when we get to tournaments.

"There's a really small pool of players to choose from at the top clubs," he commented.

"It must be really hard for Roy Hodgson if he's picking players for his England squad and they're not regulars in their team.

"Unfortunately, because the English league pays so well, you don’t really get many players trying their hand.

"European players are sceptical about English players because we don't really come out of our own league. In England we embrace foreign players and give them time to settle, whereas you have to hit the ground running when you go abroad. You have to earn respect."