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Ginola backing Dyke stance

David Ginola has warned English clubs they need to concentrate on home-grown talent - or risk being left behind in the race for European and international honours.

Last Updated: 19/09/13 at 13:04 Post Comment

David Ginola: Wants more English players to come through

David Ginola: Wants more English players to come through

The new chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, recently made a speech voicing his fears about the lack of emerging English talent - and identified Ginola's former club Newcastle as being a good example of the problem.

But Newcastle - who signed five French players in January - are not the only club with a dearth of domestic players.

This week in the Champions League, there were just 15 English players in action - the same number that came from Switzerland - and less than half the amount of German players (31).

Spain (44) top the 'league of nations' followed by Brazil (38) - and Ginola believes that English clubs need to take action to remedy the problem,

"If a club wants to buy 10, 12, 15 French players, or Spanish, or German, that's up to the club," he said. "The only concern is that they do well for the club.

"It's not only Newcastle - most of the teams in England should have more English players. I've said that for many, many years.

"It doesn't seem to be any different. Every year, you see more and more foreign signings. Clubs should concentrate more on bringing young English talent to the top teams and improving their academies with better coaches.

"Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been working very, very hard from the grassroots to (get players to) know how to pass the ball. It's something you learn from a young age, so it needs to start very young."

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