Tottenham legend: The Premier League needs to show some teeth

Glenn Hoddle

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has stated that a reduction in the number of foreign players in the top flight is needed.

Following FA chairman Greg Dyke’s comments stating that a revamp in the game in England is needed for the national team to compete at tournaments, an argument over the number of foreign players in the Premier League has ensued.

With only 32 per cent of the players stepping out in the English top flight last term actually English, many have been advocating a quota system to allow more home-grown players to play.

The latest prominent figure to back the quota system is Glenn Hoddle, who believes that if something is not done soon there will be very few players for the England manager to select from.

"We all know it is difficult, because at the end of the day the rules are the rules and the Premier League will just abide by that," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"We have got to show some teeth. If it is a maximum of five (foreign) players and the rest have to be English, whatever we can do with the rules, but it always seems they come up against a brick wall.

"Maybe the government could be helping that, but it is a bigger, deeper issue for politicians and the FA to get together, because this 32 per cent is going to get less and less each year."

If a quota system was to be introduced it would put extra emphasis on Premier League clubs’ academies, which Hoddle feels is the answer.

"We have to focus in on English talent and be bold enough to say if foreign players are coming in to fill our clubs aged 17, 18 or 20, then we have to build a 10-year plan which allows these lads being taught by the best coaches - being paid good money, which is what the Dutch did - and bring them through where they master the ball first.

"There is definite talent out there, we just need to source it."

Many have argued that the influx of foreigners into the game in England has helped to boost the standard, and as such help the development of young players. Others state that the sheer number of overseas imports are drowning out the chances of home-grown players ready to play Premier League football.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Hoddle’s idea of a quota system?

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