With crucial World Cup qualifiers approaching, England coach Roy Hodgson has complained that his talent pool is severely limited by foreign players packing Premier League teams.
Barely 30 percent of the players in action in the Premier League are English, according to Hodgson, who is unhappy that overseas imports are used as quick-fix solution by managers, blocking the paths of homegrown prospects into the teams.
None of last season's top seven sides - Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool - has so far signed an Englishman in the summer transfer window after collectively spending hundreds of millions of dollars on imports.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, though, said recently that there were more than 200 English players in the topflight last season.
That statistic, which Hodgson heard repeated during a television discussion, is disputed by the veteran manager, who said he ''can't name that many''
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