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Football: Depressing to have few English players at Man City & Chelsea, says FA chief

Published on May 11, 2014 7:26 PM

(REUTERS) - The paucity of English players at champions-in-waiting Manchester City and Premier League rivals Chelsea is "pretty depressing", according to Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke.

He is pushing an FA commission proposal to tighten visa requirements on foreign players, while having Premier League clubs introduce B teams in lower divisions in a bid to improve the England national side.

While supported by the English players' association, the proposal has drawn widespread criticism from the leagues, who say it would damage their competitions.

"It's been a great league this year," Dyke told British media on Saturday. "I think the Premiership has been brilliant. But I think there are probably two England players playing at City and two or three at Chelsea - although there won't be that many next year - that's pretty depressing.

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