World Cup winner Bobby Charlton said on Wednesday (April 10) that he was worried that having so many foreign players in the English Premier League has a negative impact on the national side.
"They (foreign teams) respect the English game and they respect the footballers that play the English game. I worry a bit, every year I feel when one of the newspapers wants me to give an opinion on whether there is a chance to win the World Cup or whatever, I feel obliged to say yes they have got a chance but I think it is a fool's errand. I feel that we need good players and if all of the spaces in the English game are taken up by foreigners then we don't have any chance. I'm not saying that it is not fair but it is hard to think that we can win a World Cup when you see the quality now. The only thing that gives me a bit of hope is that I do see good coaching and I do see English coaches having as much to say in world terms as anyone else."