Thanks to the vast array of glittering displays from numerous stars plying their trade on English shores, the Bournemouth keeper can only envisage good times ahead for the globe’s most watched league.

And with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions also performing above expectations there is a real feel-good factor to further boost the Premier League’s reputation in the mind of Begovic.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star Sunday, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international said: “Everyone always wants to have a good national team to represent its national league.

“In that respect, it’s been a great summer for the Premier League and the England national team benefitting each other.

“But it was a great World Cup all-round with so much Premier League talent on show for other countries in Russia.

“The Premier League was the most represented of all in the latter rounds and that’s great for the product, for the league and for all of us as individual players.

To know we will be testing ourselves against so many of the best players in the world on a weekly basis is just such a positive situation.”

While Manchester United ace Paul Pogba, Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris and Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud were all important components in France’s second World Cup success, they had to share the headlines with Harry Kane and England in the early stages of the tournament.

Southgate’s side made it all the way to the semi-finals, surprising pundits and punters, but not Begovic.

After spending almost his entire career in this country he is perfectly placed to assess how much our homegrown players have improved over the last decade.

The news on that front is excellent as Begovic has only good things to say about the development of increasingly gifted British players.

And given the recent success of England’s junior sides on the international stage, he is optimistic that upward trend will continue.

The ex-Portsmouth, Stoke and Chelsea stopper, 31, said: “English and British players are much more adaptable now – 100 per cent – and their footballing skills are at a much higher level.

“The players are more educated. Their technical ability is definitely improving and long may that continue.

“We can also see that with the youth players doing so well at tournaments there is plenty more to come along the way.”

If English football is going in the right direction on the pitch, it appears to be in good health in the dugouts too.

Indeed, following Southgate’s huge impact at the World Cup, British coaches may soon be all the rage. Not that Begovic needs to be sold on that after working under Harry Redknapp at Pompey, Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes at Stoke and Cherries manager Eddie Howe.

And he is quick to dismiss the idea that coaches in this country are not of the same calibre as their foreign counterparts.

“It’s tough to say if they are undervalued, possibly they are,” said Begovic, who had two seasons at Chelsea before his £10million move to the Vitality Stadium a year ago.

“You hope for British managers to get more and more chances at the highest level in the English game.

“There are a lot of good British coaches already and now we have some new big names going into management as well, with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard getting jobs.

“It’s tough to predict but let’s see where that takes us and hope they get the chance they deserve.”

As for life under Howe, Begovic is full of praise for the Cherries chief.

He said: “Eddie Howe is definitely why this club has been on such a ride and shown such a huge improvement over the years.


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