Chief executive Richard Scudamore has hit out at suggestions the Premier League is to blame for England's international struggles.
Scudamore has also warned the Football Association they must re-structure the national team set-up if it is to prosper under the next manager.
The Premier League chief, in the face of suggestions the greed of top clubs is stifling young English talent, said in The Times: "They (clubs) are out there desperately seeking the golden nugget that is local, home-grown
"Not only does it save them a fortune, but they are great to have. [Jamie] Carragher and [Steven] Gerrard at Liverpool. [John] Terry at Chelsea. They spend huge money on the academies and they are absolutely committed to
finding that local talent.
"The problem is, the clubs aren't responsible for the whole process.
"Government decides how much sport is played by young people and then my friends down the road at the FA take responsibility for 99.9% of the football that is played in this country.
"Which makes it hard for me to sit here in my office and accept we are responsible. We are responsible for a small piece of the pie."