Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has intimated they'll fight any push from outside to bring foreign limits.
"In the case of the England team, the UEFA definition of Home Grown includes Cesc Fabregas but not Owen Hargreaves," he argued.
Scudamore said that the six-player quota idea would be even worse.
"Replacing excellent non-English players with England qualified players of lesser ability would reduce playing standards in the Premier without improving the talent available to the England manager," he said.
The top-flight's representative also pointed out that Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich was committed to boosting young English talent. He added: "Foreign owners are far more committed to it than Mr Bates ever was at Chelsea."