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Glenn Hoddle: Premier League needs a quota system for overseas stars
8:24am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
Former Saints 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 said.
"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.
Discussing the Premier League, Hoddle said: "Perhaps they're a little bit wary of what's going to be said, what changes are going to happen.
"Maybe they're just waiting until they understand it a bit more.
"I do believe that they do want the English game to thrive.
"Behind the scenes I'm pretty sure they're going to help out with whatever the commission comes up with, the ideas and the rule changes. There will be discussion, there will be dialogue, I'm pretty sure of that.
"Hopefully they'll see what we're trying to do and say, 'Well, actually we do want representation on there'."
Another subject for the commission will be the qualification criteria for representing England, which became a talking point as a result of the FA declaring an interest in Manchester United's Belgium-born Adnan Januzaj, who has Albanian and Kosovan parents.
Hoddle is unconcerned by place of birth.
Pointing to the example of Jack Charlton's Ireland team which fielded numerous English-born players, he said: "I think you've got to go by whatever the rules are of the day."
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