FA chairman Greg Dyke has said that he will be ‘depressed’ if Manchester City win this season’s Premier League due to their lack of English players, the Daily
Goalkeeper Joe Hart has been the only English player who has started regularly for Man City all season, with James Milner having been left on the bench more often than not, with Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri among those often preferred in the wide areas.
Fellow England player Jack Rodwell has been given few opportunities to prove himself under Manuel Pellegrini, while Gareth Barry and Scott Sinclair were both sent away on season-long loans back in August.
Only a point against West Ham United on Sunday would see Man City win the Premier League title, and Dyke admits that he would be disappointed if they were to emerge as champions.
He said: “It’s been a great league this year. But, if there is only one England player, maybe two [in City’s team], that’s pretty depressing. I think the figures that we produced showed the top four averaged 29 [English players between them] and this year it is down to 24 – we should be worried about that.”
On Liverpool, the other club who can win the title on Sunday, Dyke added: “Liverpool have been exciting this year with four or five English players. It’s good news for Roy and it’s good news for the campaign in Brazil.”
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