Former Manchester United defender and current England coach Gary Neville believes the Premier League has to limit the number of foreign players in the top flight in order to benefit the national team, Sky
Neville is concerned that the number of foreign imports to British football is restricting the number of young players breaking through at Premier League clubs, arguing that while foreign players and managers have enhanced Premier League football, the sheer volume of overseas players is now having a damaging effect.
“We might unearth lots of talent from abroad. And some fantastic foreign players and managers have enhanced British football no end. But I used the phrase ‘tipping point’ last season and I feel we’re going too far right now,” Neville said.
“We need to protect our English, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Irish national teams by giving more boys from those countries more opportunities.”
The former United captain added that when he was coming through the ranks at Old Trafford the restrictions on the number of foreign players in the side in European football meant he received more opportunities than a player of today. And Neville believes that if he was in the United youth set-up today, he would struggle to make the grade.
“We benefited from that because, as young British players, we got opportunities,” Neville said. “We need to get back something of that ilk – where each team has three or four players from the home countries at the start of every match.
“My chances of making it as a pro footballer at the age of 18 in 2013 would be a lot less than 20 years ago.”
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