Ex-West Ham, Leeds keeper Day: Everyone worried about foreigners in Premiership academies

Former West Ham United and Leeds goalkeeper Mervyn Day says England will go the same way as Scotland because of the influx of foreign talent in Premiership academies.

Former West Ham United and Leeds goalkeeper Mervyn Day says England will go the same way as Scotland because of the influx of foreign talent in Premiership academies.

The ex-Charlton Athletic No2 told the Daily Mail: "Everybody's immensely worried about the effect the increase in young foreign players will have on the national side.

"If the Premier League clubs remain full of foreign players then you're going to get a situation like Scotland.

"They've had a lot of imports for a period of time and now there's a dearth of young natural talent getting opportunities to play in the SPL."

The former West Ham and Leeds United goalkeeper also blasted the top flight club's attitude toward the national set-up.

"The Premier League clubs tend to be insular and quite selfish. They're looking after their club and their business.

"For the people at the top it not a sport any more, it's turned into big business and I firmly believe that if we're not careful we will end up with a much diminished national team to what it is at the moment," he said.

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