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LONDON---The number of for-
eign players in English Premier
League squads is set to be reduced
under new rules designed to pre-
vent the development of home-
grown youngsters being stifled
The English Football Association
announced yesterday that the non-
European players will find it harder
to gain British work permits from
May when more stringent eligi-
bility requirements come into force.
The FA is also trying to gain Pre-
mier League approval for new lim-
its on foreign players in squads.
"We believe too many talented
English kids are currently not get-
ting through the system and being
lost," FA chairman Greg Dyke said.
The new rules would have pre-
vented Arsenal from signing Span-
ish midfielder Cesc Fabregas from
Arsenal as a 16-year-old and Stoke
from bringing in American duo
Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea.
Dyke is acting now before clubs
experience a cash bonanza from
the new Premier League television
deals from the 2016-17 season,
with domestic rights alone soaring
70 percent to around $8 billion
over three years.
"We are concerned that there
is a downside --- all of the historical
evidence shows that every time
the television income goes up, so
do the number of foreign players
playing in our game," Dyke said.
"The unparalleled success of the
Premier League, and the pressure
this has put on managers, means
that time after time clubs turn to
experienced overseas players rather
than giving home-grown youth a
The FA has been working on the
new rules since 2013, but their
necessity was highlighted by Eng-
land s group-stage exit at the 2014
World Cup. Dyke believes Harry
Kane s sudden rise --- from fringe
player to Tottenham s key asset ---
helped him secure the work permit
"It must have done mustn t it,
suddenly an English kid who was
out on loan at four different places
who was touch and go to get a
game in the first team is suddenly
the top scorer in English football,"
Dyke said. "It s great news. How
many more Harry Kanes are there
out there, who just can t get a
The 21-year-old Kane, who was
called up by England for the first
time last week, only broke into the
Tottenham first team after the inef-
fectiveness of Emmanuel Adebayor
of Togo and Roberto Soldado of
Spain became clear. The 19 league
goals from Kane, an academy grad-
uate, are only matched by Chelsea s
$48 million Spain forward Diego
Dyke wants Premier League
approval for the number of non-
homegrown players in squads to
be cut from 17 to 13 by 2020, and
for at least two homegrown players
to have been with the club for three
years before their 18th birthday. A
player is currently defined as
homegrown if they have been affil-
iated with an English or Welsh
club for three years before their
"We will go round and try to
convince them," Dyke said. "We
will ask: Are you sure you haven t
got a Harry Kane playing in your
There are English kids in Premier
League clubs academies who just
need first-team opportunities to
prove their value to first teams,
according to Dyke.
Dyke said he received Home
Office department approval on Fri-
day for a "fundamental reform of
the non-EU work visa processes
which will come into effect for
Currently non-European players
desiring a British work permit must
have featured in at least 75 percent
of competitive international games
in the previous two years for a top-
70 ranked team. Now only players
from the top 50 FIFA nations will
be considered, with a sliding scale
of appearances required --- from
30 percent of games over two years
for the 1-10 teams to 75 percent
for 31-50 teams.
FA research found that a third
of the work permits applications
for non-European players approved
between 2009 and 2013 --- 42 ---
would have been rejected under
the new rules.
"The new system will make it
far easier for us to identify and
attract top quality players that truly
are at the elite level," Dyke said.
"It will make it far tougher for
those who don t meet the quality
standard to get to play in Britain."
From next season Premier
League teams could also be allowed
to field their under 21s sides in the
Football League Trophy for third
and fourth tier clubs if an agree-
ment is reached. (AP)
New English work
permit rules to curb
foreign football imports
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates after
scoring his second goal during the English
Premier League match Leicester City at White
Hart Lane, London, Saturday. AP PHOTO
ROME---If Mauro Camoranesi was
allowed to help Italy to the 2006
World Cup title, then why can t Eder
and Franco Vazquez lead the Azzurri
to glory in next year s European
That s the philosophy that Italy
coach Antonio Conte used Monday
to defend his selection of two for-
eign-born players after being criti-
cised by Roberto Mancini for the call-
"I m not the first and I won t be
the last to call up these so-called ori-
undi," Conte said, using the Italian
word for foreign-born players. "These
are the rules and this is football. ...
I respect anyone s opinion but I
haven t done anything new."
Conte called up Sampdoria s Brazil-
ian-born striker Eder and Palermo s
Argentine-born midfielder Vazquez
for Saturday s Euro 2016 qualifier
with Bulgaria and a friendly with
England three days later.
"The Italian national team should
be Italian," Mancini, the Inter Milan
coach who was considered for the
Italy job before Conte was hired last
year, said earlier. "An Italian player
deserves to play for the national team
while someone who wasn t born in
Italy, even if they have relatives, I
don t think deserves to."
Vazquez s mother is Italian while
Eder gained citizenship through his
"I never forced anyone into it when
I went and visited the clubs. The
players have to feel it inside," Conte
said. "These are players who could
give us a big hand."
Eder and Vazquez have scored nine
and seven goals, respectively, in Serie
A this season.
Dozens of foreign-born players---
mainly Brazilians and Argentines---
have appeared for Italy over the years,
highlighted by Omar Sivori and Jose
Altafini in the 1960 s and Camoranesi
during the Azzurri s 2006 title run.
Brazilian-born midfielder Thiago
Motta and United States-born striker
Giuseppe Rossi have appeared more
The last time Italy faced Bulgaria,
Argentina-born striker Pablo Osvaldo
scored twice in a 2-2 draw.
"Coach Conte is absolutely free to
select the players he wants," Italian
football federation president Carlo
Tavecchio said. "If someone has the
citizenship to play they re Italian so
the argument is closed."
Tavecchio got into trouble last year
when he made a racist comment dur-
ing his election campaign, causing a
stir over a reference to bananas when
discussing the presence of foreign
players in Italy.
Meanwhile, without veterans
Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi in
midfield, Conte is expecting a lot
from 22-year-old Paris Saint-Ger-
main playmaker Marco Verratti.
Pirlo has been out for a month with
a torn leg muscle while De Rossi only
recently returned from injury and
scored in Roma s 1-0 win at Cesena
on Sunday. (AP)
THE HAGUE---Injured Bayern
Munich winger Arjen Robben pulled
out of the Netherlands squad late
Sunday for a key European Cham-
pionship qualifier against Turkey
and a friendly against Spain.
The winger s absence leaves coach
Guus Hiddink missing two of his most
experienced and most effective strik-
ers against Turkey. Captain and the
Netherlands all-time international
top scorer Robin van Persie is also
out through injury, along with center
back Ron Vlaar.
Robben, who has been in stand-
out form for club and country, was
substituted in the 24th minute of
Bayern s 2-0 home defeat to Borussia
Moenchengladbach on Sunday with
a stomach muscle injury.
He had been due to gather with
the rest of the Netherlands team yes-
terday, but told Hiddink he could not
make the trip.
Hiddink did not immediately call
up a replacement.
The Netherlands, third in Euro 2016
qualifying Group A after four matches,
takes on fourth-placed Turkey on
Saturday at the Amsterdam Arena
and meets Spain three days later at
the same venue.
The Czech Republic, with four wins
out of four, leads the group, ahead of
Iceland. The top two teams in each
group qualify automatically for next
year s tournament in France, as does
the best third-place finisher. All other
teams finishing third go into the play-
The friendly against Spain is a
rematch of both sides World Cup
opener in Salvador, Brazil, last year
that the Netherlands won 5-1 in a
stunning game that set the tone for
both teams campaigns --- the Dutch
went on to reach the semifinals while
defending champion Spain was elim-
inated at the group stage.
Van Persie scored a memorable div-
ing header in Salvador and Robben
used his searing pace and ball control
to find the net twice.
Robben pulls out of Netherlands
squad for key qualifier vs Turkey
Martin Skrtel has been charged with
violent conduct by the FA following
an incident with Manchester United
goalkeeper David de Gea.
Skrtel appeared to step on de Gea
near the end of his side s 2-1 defeat
at Anfield on Sunday.
The player has until Tuesday
evening to respond to the Football
Association s charge. If found guilty,
Skrtel could face a three-match ban.
Skrtel charged for De Gea stamp
Conte defends use of foreign-born
players on Italy squad
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