Manchester City chief Brian Marwood admits producing talent for the England national team isn't a priority.
Marwood says their youth system is about finding players capable of playing with their current stars.
"If we are trying to produce real top quality to play for City, if they happen to come from another country and we've developed them, we shouldn't be ashamed to embrace it.
"We can't expect our owners to keep spending at the rate they've been spending for the past three or four years. We have to start somewhere and change that - and it's something we're trying to do.
"We are looking to produce youngsters to play alongside the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva. That is the benchmark if we want to be a side competing in every cup competition at home and in Europe.
"The harsh reality is we have to produce local boys or bring in players from abroad. You see players for our under-21s who have come from Spain, Norway and France. It is something everyone has to deal with because it is a global game."