Sunderland boss Keane: Quotas not the answer

Sunderland boss Roy Keane says quotas aren't the answer for English football.

He told the Sunday Sun: "I appreciate where Steve Coppell (who supports quotas) is coming from but I also appreciate the Arsene Wengers of this world, who say if you want quality then you have to go out and buy it.

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"As a manager you are going you are going to be selfish and my priority is Sunderland. I do what I consider best for this club and I've bought a lot of lads from different countries, a lot from Ireland.

"If you're good enough, it doesn't matter where you are from, you get into the squad.

"It's not a case of me sitting on the fence - I very rarely do that - but I can appreciate both different views. It is a hard one to call.

"I think there will be a lot more talk about it next week if England fail to qualify for Euro 2008, that is what has started this off.

"If England qualify the debate will die down; if they don't, people will say it's because there aren't enough English players in the Premiership."

Keane does not believe that England's Euro 2008 qualification problems can be blamed on a lack of quality players, however.

He said: "People think it's because England don't have good enough players but that's nonsense - they have some outstanding players."

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