Jamie Carragher feels the England team is suffering from a lack of high-quality foreign imports in the Premier League.
Liverpool defender Carragher, who has not played for England since 2010, believes that young homegrown players will only improve if they perform in world-class company.
His opinion jars with those who, in the wake of England's quarter-final exit at Euro 2012, have complained about how precocious English talents find their path to first-team action blocked by foreigners.
"When scribbling down my selection for the team of Euro 2012, it dawned on me there was not one Premier League player among my picks," Carragher wrote in the Telegraph.
"There is only one conclusion: there are not enough top-class foreigners in our league. The greatest players in the world are now primarily in La Liga, Serie A or the Bundesliga.
"It's a reversal from the arguments we've heard in the past about there being too many overseas players here, which had no credibility to begin with.
"Those who suggest the arrival of top continental stars in this country has a detrimental impact on England's performances need to read more history books.
"During the 1970s, when every top division club was packed with British players, we didn't qualify for consecutive World Cups. Our football has been enhanced by some of the greatest talents in the world, and it's a shame so many have left this country in the last few years. I'd love to see them all come back.
"The more we attract, the more our young players can learn."