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Premier League 'desperate' for English players, says FA chairman

Bernstein says work is under way to fix the problem. (©GettyImages)
Bernstein says work is under way to fix the problem. (©GettyImages).

The outgoing Football Association chairman David Bernstein has spoken out about the urgency for more English players in the Premier League.

Looking at statistics it appears that only 30% of players in the top flight were eligible for England, with Germany having 50%.

There is a sense of desperation to invest more time and money in homegrown talent and increase the number of players in the Football League and the Premier League.

Bernstein, who steps down as chairman in July, has said that work was under way to tackle the situation.

He said to BBC Sport: "The number of English players in the Premier League and the Football League is a really important matter.

"We desperately need to increase the pool of real quality players.

We have this number of around 30% and in Germany it is more than 50% and that 20% is a lot of players.

"All the work we are doing, such as in youth development, is aimed at doing that over the next few years and it's great to see some very good players coming through now such as Jack Wilshere. There are some coming through but we need many more."

Bernstein also stated that he has confidence that England will qualify for the World Cup next year and feels that Hodgson is the right person to take England to Brazil.

England is currently second in the table, two points behind Montenegro and face cruch ties against Ukraine, Poland to qualify.

Bernstein has repeatedly said that it is important to qualify for all major tournaments such as the World Cup and Euro Championships. 

He feels that the fans are happy that an English manager was appointed and that Hodgson has the full support of the nation behind him.

Bernstein said: "It is desperately important we are in those World Cups and Euro Championships. We have done OK in qualification so far, we are not first but we have games ahead that are definitely winnable. They are good sides, this is a tough group.

"I am very proud we brought in Roy Hodgson. It is great to get an English manager and I think we got the right English manager. He is great to work with, I enjoy working with him, I have full support for him and I think the spirit we have engendered within the England set-up is very good.


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