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PFA calls for Home-grown quota

Ross Barkley, England

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has repeated calls for the introduction of a minimum of three home-grown players per side starting matches in the Premier League.

Unless the number of home grown players in the Premier League increases, the England team will not improve in major tournaments says Professional Footballers' Association Chief-Executive Gordon Taylor.

Taylor believes that a minimum of three home-grown players per side should be required to start Premier League matches.

At present, Premier League sides must include at least eight locally trained players in their 25-man squads; the Champions League and the Europa League have similar rules. However, Taylor would like to see the launch of a Europe-wide quota in starting line-ups for all competitions.

"We have a duty to the next generation to give them a chance," he said.

"We should be looking at a minimum of three home-grown players in a starting line-up, irrespective of nationality.

"That sort of number is going to be essential in order to encourage all clubs to give these youngsters a chance to break through.

"The Premier League doesn't want to be at a disadvantage to other countries, so it would have to be applied throughout Europe. Clubs like Bayern and Barcelona would meet that figure."

England suffered a disappointing World Cup, failing to win a game resulting in finishing bottom of their group.

Taylor believes no improvement can be made until youngsters in the England squad receive more experience at domestic and international level.

"Some of them haven't had a great deal of Premier League experience," he said.

"It's a question of keeping them together and hoping they can get more experience, not just at international level but at Premier League level too."

However, Taylor understands that with the pressure managers are under for short-term results in the top flight, it is tricky to experiment with younger players.

"Some teams are having three managers in a season," he said.

"The whole aspect of continuity and stability that you need to introduce young players is really swept away with the demand for success yesterday.

"There are conflicting forces in making sure the best of our youngsters can come through."

Taylor is disappointed by England's recent tournament performances but says with change, it is possible to have a strong Premier League and England team.

"The success rate has not been good enough," he told BBC Sport.

"If football had been a university, we would have been closed down."

"Our World Cup history and European Championship history doesn't reflect the success we've had with our club programme," he said.

"Germany, when they hit a downward spell, really put an emphasis on a good Bundesliga, and also the Bundesliga cooperating with the international team, and they came through it.

"England has provided more players for more countries in the World Cup than any other country.

"If that process continues, it's making it more difficult because the pool of players who are available for England is shrinking.

"That's why the FA Commission is looking into it but we just hope that this time it won't be another report that's put in the bottom drawer and we carry on as we have."