He told The Sun: "I have always believed that sport should be about quality. Hiding behind artificial rules would not help anyone.
"It doesn't make bad students better if you put down the level of the class. It makes them worse. Only by competing against the best in the world can you improve levels. The public want to see the best. If you organise a golf tournament, people go to watch Tiger Woods, whether that is in Scotland or anywhere else.
"When you go to Wimbledon, you want to see Roger Federer. That is what people demand today. The world has moved on. People demand to see the best in the world and you cannot get them to watch a level down any more.
"It would kill the Premiership from being the best league in the world. You'd see a massive reduction in the quality if the choice were cut. FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to protect the World Cup and the UEFA Cup.
"It's different if you ask him to protect the quality of the game. I would not be happy if one day you say: "Sorry, you cannot play – I know you are better but you are not from the right place." The real question is how can England take the opportunity to produce world-class players.
"English people are proud to have the best Premier League in the world but they also want a very good national team. Are they both possible together?
"At the moment, I do not think it is possible."