Everton chief executive Elstone backs Premier League
Following the recent criticism that the Premier League is affecting the state of the national team, Everton chief executive Robert Elstone has defended the league, Sky Sports has reported.
Chairman of the FA Greg Dyke has gathered together a committee in an attempt to review the future of the England national team. Dyke, appointed in July this year, also wants to see more home-grown players coming through the system at Premier League clubs.
The plan has been put together following the reports that the Premier League is now less than one-third English, but Elstone has jumped to the defence of the Premier League, saying that too much blame is put on the division for the failings at international level.
“I am certain those in the game know which organisation has transformed the fortunes of English football, has put our game back on the map, has put respectability back into our game,” Elstone told Everton's official website.
“The world's most admired, envied and respected league is ours - and it's not just about the money. Our English talent looks over its shoulder every day. They have players from all over the world chasing their livelihoods.
“Where better to get the 20, 30 or 40 players we need to fight with the best in the world at a national level? Why would we want it easy? Why would we want to take the pressure off? And it's a framework built by the Premier League.”
The comments come following the release of figures that showed that the percentage for home country players in the Premier League had dropped to 32.26%. This figure is lower than all other major European leagues.
Elstone joined the Toffees, who lie seventh in the table, in 2005 and was appointed as CEO on a permanent basis in 2009.
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