...so it definitely isn't a "we've got no one, let's settle for Earl" thing.
I don't want to be disrespectful, but who are this much better players who have to stay at home because MR just wants to put up a show?
If it would be for the entertainment or UK TV rating, someone like Chris Melling or Darren Appleton would make the cut for Europe every year, but still we see players like Alcaide, Kazakis, Kaci...
The cruel truth is, that the US only has 7 or 8 players of international standard.
And since Bergman for some reason chooses to not compete in top level events and somehow Styer isn't on MR wishlist, we see the comeback of Earl.
Don't get me wrong, Earl has earned his legendary status and reducing him to his ability to cause drama, doesn't do justice to his big career.
But the Europeans wouldn't even think about bringing back players like Souquet, Immonen, Appleton, Ortmann or even Hohmann, at least as long as they have not earned their place against a big amount of younger and hungrier players.