Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has branded the lack of English talent in the Manchester City and Newcastle United teams a DISGRACE! Ferdinand fears for the future of the England national team.

"Having so few English players in the Premier League diminishes the English team, of course it does," Ferdinand told the Mail on Sunday. "Look at the Manchester City game recently against Newcastle. There was barely an English player on the pitch, three out of 22 starters.

"That is a disgrace. If you look at it and ask whether there should be a stipulation that you have a minimum number of players who are English, even just in your squad, I think that should happen. If you look at a lot of teams, there are England players who aren't playing for their clubs - yet we're hoping to go to a World Cup and do well!"

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