English players hit record low as Gareth Southgate pleads with Premier League clubs to give young players a chance

GARETH SOUTHGATE has pleaded with Premier League clubs to give English players a chance.

Just 54 of the 220 starters in the top flight last weekend were qualified to play for the Three Lions — a record low percentage of 24.5.

English players hit record low as Gareth Southgate pleads with Premier League clubs to give young players a chanceEPA8 Gareth Southgate is bemoaning the lack of English players featuring in the Premier League
English players hit record low as Gareth Southgate pleads with Premier League clubs to give young players a chance8

FA chief Martin Glenn is desperate to increase that figure by restricting clubs to 13 overseas players in first-team squads from the current 17.

Glenn, though, has been rebuffed by clubs, who will not even meet the FA halfway.

England boss Southgate has shown his commitment to youth by bringing Joe Gomez, 21, Jadon Sancho, 18, Ben Chilwell, 21, and Harry Winks, 22, into the senior set-up.

But he worries the situation for home-grown talent is getting worse at club level. He said: “What’s clear is that we can’t allow the trend to continue as it is. At what point do we stop?

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