Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has announced his belief that the influx of foreign players into the Premier League has not damaged the progress of the England side.
There has been a long-standing debate over the effect of foreign nationals playing in the Premier League and their effect on England's performances, but Del Bosque believes that these players are of benefit to the English game rather than a problem.
In an Autumn that sees national team manager Fabio Capello attempting to mastermind another qualifying campaign after yet another tournament failure, Del Bosque commented on one of the perceived problems within English football.
Speaking to the press, he said: "I don't think it's damaging for English football to have people from abroad. On the contrary - I think that it's quite enriching to have good coaches and the best players from around the world to play in the Premier League."
The former Real Madrid manager was speaking at the end of a three-day Uefa manager's function and admitted he is puzzled by the continued failure of England's national team.
"I think the England squad has enormously talented players, so I certainly don't think it's a problem of quality. I think English football is very much up to date," he concluded.