Burnham: English football should consider player quotas

Prospective Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham believes that in the wake of Brexit it may be time to limit the number of foreign players in the Premier League.

The current Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP has proposed a debate on measures that would prevent Premier League clubs from buying foreign talent at the expense of developing English players.

"The English Premier League was set up with a very specific objective: to improve the England team," The mayoral candidate said.

"Can anybody in this room put their hand up and say, 'Yes, it’s succeeded in improving the England team?’

"We all need to do some hard thinking about this. Clearly, that hasn’t happened. And the question is: can you have both, can you have it all, can you have the best league in the world and the most successful international team?

"In 25 years of the Premier League, we’ve had one semi-final at our own home European Championships in 1996 and that, quite frankly, isn’t good enough.

"Could Brexit mean something different for football? Could Brexit mean that English football takes a step away from the European directives with relation to free movement in sport and could we look at introducing a quota for our home grown players?

"So that the Premier League doesn’t become a playground for the world’s best talent but, actually, we make sure that we bring through more English and home-grown players in our domestic league.

"I think that’s a debate that is worth having."

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