Rio Ferdinand believes that there should be a quota system in place to enable more English players to play in the Premier League, according to ESPN.
The sentiments could not have been echoed at a better stage as England travel to Kiev without any of their four regular strikers - Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll, available.
Roy Hodgson had to scrape the bottom of the barrel of English football to hand 31-year-old Southampton forward Rickie Lambert his first international cap in August, though the veteran frontman has gone on to score two in two.
And Ferdinand believes that it is a "disgrace" that despite being one of the top leagues in the world, the Premier League is unable to offer many chances to English players.
The Manchester United defender is a former England captain and is worried that the sheer number of foreign players in the league can render the next generation of homegrown players unable to play in England's top tier.
Ferdinand said: "Having so few English players in the Premier League diminishes the English team, of course it does.
"Look at the Manchester City game recently against Newcastle. There was barely an English player on the pitch, three out of 22 starters.
"That is a disgrace. If you look at it and ask whether there should be a stipulation that you have a minimum number of players who are English, even just in your squad, I think that should happen.
"If you look at a lot of teams, there are England players who aren't playing for their clubs - yet we're hoping to go to a World Cup and do well."
Ferdinand believes that a quota system may help improve the current state of affairs, but knows that the European Union laws will not make it possible.
He explained: "I would do what Turkey do, and have limits. In that country, clubs can have a maximum of 10 foreign players on the books, and no more than six in any 18-man match day squad.
"I know that European laws won't let a legal quota happen. So you can't do that. But if you want to protect English football and its heritage and its future, something like that has to be done."
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