Some Championship sides are turning to foreigners – but home-grown youngsters can still shine

It takes around 45 minutes to travel from Leyland, where on Wednesday the Football Association launched their latest attempt to revive the grass-roots development of young English footballers, to Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park. Had any FA officials made the journey, thoughts of another brave new dawn would have faded as soon as they saw the team-sheet for that night’s Capital One Cup tie.

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