Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association, wants to bring in major changes to how Premier League squads are made up in order to give English players the best chance of securing top flight first-team football, according to CaughtOffside.
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Despite having few first team appearances under his belt at White Hart Lane before this season, as well as four uneventful loan spells, Kane has become the surprise of the season in the Premier League – he is the league’s joint top goalscorer, and has earned his first international call-up after impressing for Maurico Pochettino’s side. Dyke suggested that there are more players who may have been discarded in the past, that could have the same impact as the Spurs forward.
“Suddenly an English kid who was out on loan at four different places, who was touch and go to get a game in the first team, is suddenly the top scorer in English football,” said Dyke.
“It’s great news. How many more Harry Kanes are there out there, who just can’t get a game?”
To achieve his goal of finding more English talent, Dyke has proposed that squads are now made up of 12 home-grown players, whilst making it harder for a foreign youngster to earn home-grown status.
Under previous rules, a player had to spend three years before he turns 21 with an academy to be classed as home-grown, but Dyke suggests that it should now be achieved by the age of 18, which in theory would see more English players have to be used in squad lists to fulfil the required quota.