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FA chairman Bernstein wants more local players in Premier League

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has heightened need to have more English players competing in the Premier League.

The departing chairman has revealed that there are plans in place to increase the number of England-born players from 30% to more like the number that the German Bundesliga enjoys with their homegrown products.

"On the wider of issue of club and country, the number of English players in the Premier League and the Football League is a really important matter," said Bernstein.

"We have this number of around 30% and in Germany it is more than 50% (the actual figure is nearly 60%) and that 20% is a lot of players.

"We desperately need to increase the pool of real quality players that the (England) manager Roy Hodgson has to choose from. That I think is the big issue.

"All the work we are doing such as in youth development is aimed at doing that over the next few years and it's great to see some very good players coming through now such as Jack Wilshere. There are some coming through but we need many more."

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