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Premier League faces lowest British representation for 23 years

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This year sees the lowest percentage of English players starting in the Premier League since it was first formed 23 years ago, with just 30% of playmakers of British origin.

An influx of foreign talent has seen English players pushed aside, and only those Englishmen who are established in their respective clubs seem trusted enough to actually start for their sides - Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge to name a couple.

Last week in an interview with the BBC, Liverpool's Steven Gerrard discussed this very topic, and it's got me thinking - should there be a regulatory system in place to ensure that a certain percentage of English players make it through?

It would allow a significantly larger talent pool for England bosses to choose from when it comes to picking the international squad.

Now, I'm not knocking the undeniable talent that our squad has recruited this year, it's just it seems a little difficult to suggest who else would replace them if there was to be a re-shuffle.

Steven Gerrard hit the nail on the head with this problem, saying: "I think it's more difficult for managers to be bold and put a lot of young players in the team.

"Managers are only ever eight to 10 games away from the sack so to take risks on unknown young players is difficult."

And he's right. Keeping their heads above water is proving difficult enough for managers this season - David Moyes has been at the forefront of speculation after a sluggish start to the season since his appointment at Manchester United, and signings have proved fruitless for British players.

Tottenham Hotspur spent a whopping £93 million this summer, yet signed no English playmakers, and it's the same story with Chelsea and Arsenal.

Gerrard continues to say: "There's no two ways about it, it's a lot more difficult to break through nowadays because of the standard of the players and because there are a lot more foreigners about."

When you look at the calibre of players he's not far wrong! Mesut Ozil has proved an undeniable hit with Arsenal after his goal against Napoli in their Champions League 2-0 win last week, as has Spurs' Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

How can British players compete and do the FA need to step in?

Should there be a system in place that attempts to replicate the Spanish?

Just look at Barcelona's side - 19 of their 28 players are Spanish, and they're top of the Spanish Primera Liga!

Clearly it works in their favour to recruit an all Spanish side, as it does for Real Madrid, who boast similar numbers of Spaniards on side.

When it comes to pick their International squad - the majority of their players know each other, have played together, and can therefore gel together as a unit quickly.

Much unlike the England side, where there is such an array of players from different teams pulled together and expected to perform as a unit under the immense pressure of the World Cup.

The Premier League doesn't stop its relenting global appeal, and unless a system is introduced we could be looking at a league in years to come that leaves very little choice for England's international campaign.

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