Hoddle calls for English quota rules in Premier League

11 October 2013 09:46

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has suggested a quota system should be employed in the Barclays Premier League to improve the national team's chances of success.

Hoddle, who on Wednesday was confirmed as a member of the Football Association's commission to look into improving England's fortunes, believes legislation is required to boost top-flight opportunities for homegrown players.

"We have to be ruthless in this," Hoddle told Press Association Sport.

"We have to be thinking about English, English and English again.

"The rules have got to change in the short term."

In Hoddle's playing days Serie A was the biggest draw for the top players, but now England's top flight attracts many world stars.

Former Tottenham and Monaco midfielder Hoddle said: "In the Eighties Italy was the place to go to, where the money was, but the rules were there were only two foreign players allowed in each team, so it didn't affect the Italian players."

The Premier League insists it is part of the commission, yet has not taken a place on it - Premier League chairman Anthony Fry declined an offer from FA chairman Greg Dyke - and Hoddle believes it may be "wary" of probable findings.

Certainly the implementation of a quota in a league adored globally may not be welcomed by clubs and officials, even if it is by young English talent.

A study for BBC Sport has found that English footballers account for less than a third of all the minutes played in the Premier League, a drop of three percent from the 2007-08 season.

Source: PA

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