The FA awaits the momentum of Brexit for England

Burton-On-Trent (United Kingdom), September 5 (AFP) The new technical director of the English Football Association (FA), Les Reed, believes Brexit could provide more English players with opportunities to play in the Premier League.

The FA is eager to see that the minimum number of 'local' players in the Premier League 25 player team must register an increase from eight to 12.

These do not have to be British, but they must have been registered in an English or Welsh club for three years before they turned 21.

I have the feeling that we currently have about 32-34 percent of the players that play in the Premier League (being English), so a little more than a third, Reed said Wednesday.

We want to keep that and try to improve it. What we don't want to do is have regulations that return us to where we were sometimes last season, up to 26-27 percent.

European Union (EU) players, including many who represent South American and African nations internationally but have EU passports, may have to meet much stricter requirements to receive a work permit after Brexit.

The current system for non-EU players takes into account international appearances, transfer fees, proposed salaries and recent game history to determine if they receive support from the Governing Body of the Football Association.

If these restrictions were applied in all areas, it is likely that carp firms will not stop. However, in the increasingly competitive transfer market, British clubs could be deprived of the opportunity to find hidden gems at the lower end. From the market.

By going all over the world, it will be a mass market, so we need to have regulations on support that means we can protect our group of homegrown talents, Reed added.

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However, he is aware of the balancing act that must be achieved to maintain the status of the Premier League as in his words the best league in the world.

Last season, the four Champions League and Europa League finalists came from England.

I think the key is that we respect that we need a strong league and we want the Premier League to be a strong league because that is good for football in this country: taking four teams to the European finals can only be good for football in this country Reed added.

We definitely want the Premier League to remain the best league in the world. We definitely want to make sure that the Premier League is a very attractive league and proposal, but at the same time we want to be able to expose the young England players. .

It is a combination of what happens with Brexit, can we change people's mentality, can players show themselves in some way and make managers think differently? Reed believes that progress is already being made with Premier League clubs relying more on the products of their academies.

A 12-month transfer ban imposed on Chelsea has resulted in a great culture change at Stamford Bridge in the first season of Frank Lampard by young people like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham as protagonists.

Mount was one of four limitless players included in the Gareth Southgate team for the 2020 Euro Cup qualifiers this week against Bulgaria and Kosovo. Jadon Sancho, 19, has already established himself in the England team after making a bold move to join Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

We have a number that now leads the way to make appearances and enter the first six teams and show that they can do that, which will hopefully change the mindset about whether young English players can do that, Reed added. I think that the combination of interests of the foreigner plus one or two who are now advancing at the top end of the game will hopefully open the door for much more. (AFP) APA APA

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