FA chief believes Premier League could end up overrun by foreigners
Dyke: Premier League could end up overrun by foreigners
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The Football Association chairman Greg Dyke fears the Premier League is in danger of being completely overrun by overseas players and is aiming to push through stricter rules in order to promote English talent.
One of the new proposals is to increase the minimum number of home-grown players in a Premier League club's 25-man squad from eight to 12.
The FA chairman also wants players to be registered with a club from the age of 15 in order to qualify as home-grown. The rules currently state that a player can be classed as home-grown if they have been registered with a team for three years before their 21st birthday.
And with the new £5.1 billion (€7 billion) television deal, Dyke believes Premier League clubs will continue to overlook the possibility of promoting English players to their first-team.
“This is the second time in three years there’s been no Premier League side in the last eight of the Champions League, so it’s not working that well,” said Dyke.
“It’s working well as a league and it’s a great league to watch but my fear for the future of English football is that the Premier League ends up being owned by foreigners, managed by foreigners and played by foreigners.
“All of the historical evidence shows that every time the television income goes up, so do the number of foreign players playing in our game.”
The FA chairman has used Harry Kane’s emergence at Tottenham as an example for Premier League clubs to nurture their home-grown talent.
"We have to do this by negotiation with the different leagues and with the clubs - we have to convince them that this makes sense for English football," said Dyke.
"And we are helped by Harry Kane in truth - we are helped by seeing a young kid come into the Spurs team and become the top scorer in English football.
"How many other Harry Kanes are around in the youth teams of Premier League clubs?
“It was almost by chance that Tim Sherwood became manager at Tottenham for a time and put him in the side - otherwise he would still be out on loan at Millwall or somewhere else."