Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has reiterated his concern over the lack of home-grown players featuring in the Barclays Premier League.
Monday nights match between Manchester City and Newcastle United featured just three Englishman during the 90 minutes. City's Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott along with United's Steven Taylor.
And the former England international took to Twitter to express his concerns.
"Shame that only 3 players on show tonight were English…doesn't bode well for the future of our national team that…"
The 34-year-old later tweeted: "English players overpriced in current market? Not enough English players of the quality required? Foreign players better value? u tell me.."
A point made by Ferdinand was backed up by the fact that the 61 signings from teams in the top-flight so far, only 12 have involved Englishman.
At the inception of the Premier League in 1992/93, just 11 players were named in the starting line-ups, and as the league has blossomed into arguably the best league in the world, that number is increasing.
In December 1999, Chelsea was the first side to field an entire foreign starting line-up and that record was broken by Arsenal who named a 16-man squad with no Englishman present.
The shortage of homegrown talent has always been a concern and successive international tournament failures at the senior level have increased the spotlight on the issue.
But it was the flop of the England U-20's at the World Cup earlier this summer after not registering a victory in their group, finishing with two draws and a defeat.
And it gets worse for the national sides as the Under-21's lost all three of their games scoring just once.
So where does that leave English football?
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