FA Chairman Greg Dyke has recently expressed his views regarding this season’s Premier League title race.
Dyke, who’s Commission into the future of English football published its report last week to a hostile reception, 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.”
He continued, “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."
Just three days after publishing the proposals of his England Commission - his plans to assist the national team – he believes the fact only Joe Hart and James Milner have seen regular action for City this season is harming the nation’s prospects.
Of City’s other Englishmen, Joleon Lescott last featured on 22 March, Micah Richards on 10 November, and Jack Rodwell, signed from Everton in the summer of 2012, has started just one league match since his arrival.
It is fair to say Dyke has a point, however, his proposals for domestic reform were met by mixed reaction across the country. Speaking of his proposed B-team league he said, “Certain players and clubs are against it… but then you say to them, OK, but what are you going to do to get these kids through?”
He continued, “There is no point saying ‘don't change anything' and in 15 years' time the rate [currently 32 per cent] is 15 per cent in the Premier League who are English and we haven't got an England team.”
England manager Roy Hodgson is set to announce his preliminary World Cup squad on Monday, with both Hart and Milner expected to be included.
However, if City are crowned Champions this weekend the duo will be given a considerable boost in the run-up to Brazil.