Drastic measures need to be taken to save English talent.
Former England International and Manchester United ace Rio Ferdinand has hit out at the lack of English players in the Premier League, claiming the huge influx of foreign talent is having a negative impact on the national team.
The 34-year-old defender believes a foreign player quota, much like the one that is in place in Australia’s A-League, is what is needed to improve the country’s chances of winning a major tournament.
The quota would mean that each side is only allowed to sign a certain number of foreign players, meaning more chance for home-grown talent to flourish.
Ferdinand is appalled at the lack of Englishmen currently playing in the Premier League.
“Look at the Manchester City game recently against Newcastle. There was barely an English player on the pitch, three out of 22 starters,” the centre-back was quoted on Goal.com.
“That is a disgrace. If you look at it and ask whether there should be a stipulation that you have a minimum number of players who are English, even just in your squad, I think that should happen.
“I know that European laws won’t let a legal quota happen. So you can’t do that. But if you want to protect English football and its heritage and its future, something like that has to be done.”
Ferdinand also echoed FA Chairman Greg Dyke, hinting Brazil 2014 could be a tough tournament for Hodgson’s side.
“If you look at a lot of teams, there are England players who aren’t playing for their clubs — yet we’re hoping to go to a World Cup and do well!.”
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