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Le Tissier: Only English players should play for England

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Former Southampton midfielder Matt Le Tissier believes only home grown players should be eligible to play for England.

This follows a heated debate regarding players that have the option of choosing which nation to play for.

And Le Tissier, 45, who could have played for any of the four home countries by being from Guernsey, believes the Football Association has to reconsider its residency rules.

“For me the FA ruling is far too loose," he said. “If you were born in the country or your parents are born in the country then that’s the only way you should be able to play for that country."

Current Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere also feels strongly about the matter.

He tweeted: “The only people who should play for England are English people. If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English.”

The debate comes in light of Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj having the choice of five countries to play for.

The Belgium-born Januzaj, son of Albanian-Kosovan parents, who is also eligible for Turkey and Serbia, could be given the green light to play for the Three Lions in 2018 under the current FIFA residency ruling.

And the former England international doesn’t feel the 18-year-old should represent the country.

“I wouldn’t be in favour of it to be honest with you," added the Sky Sports pundit. “As a fan of the national team, I would want to see players in that team who have the country at heart."

When asked about England’s chances in Brazil next summer, Le Tissier almost dismissed any chance of England winning the competition.

“I think this World Cup is a bit beyond us to win it, but if we got to the quarter finals I would see that as a quite successful campaign.

“Historically European teams haven’t done particularly well and that’s going to make it a little bit more difficult.

"I think maybe the European Championships in France in 2016 we will be talking a little bit differently."

The former Saints captain believes current St Mary’s striker Rickie Lambert will be called up for the squad to travel to South America.

“I think Rickie would have to be among the top English scorers in the Premier League this season and if he does that I think he has every chance of going.”

Le Tissier was speaking at the launch of former teammate David Armstrong’s new biography at West Quay, Southampton last week.

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