Fabregas: English players stuck in comfort zone

December 15, 2007

Cesc Fabregas has waded into the debate about English football's foreign invasion by claiming homegrown players are afraid to risk moving overseas.

The Arsenal midfielder left his native Spain for England aged just 16 and is recognised today as one of the brightest talents of his generation.

He believes that rather than complain they are not being given a chance in the Barclays Premier League, young English players should move abroad to develop their careers.

'I don't see a lot of English players taking the risk to go out of the country to try to fight for their chance,' Fabregas told the Times.

'It looks like they are comfortable where they are and that is it.

'For me, I had to leave my country to fight for my life and my chance and my dream. Sometimes that is what you have to do, but I don't see a lot of English players going to Spain or Italy.

'Sometimes you have to take a step back to go one forward and sometimes they are just comfortable with what they have.'

Asked if English players would be welcomed in Spain or Italy, Fabregas said: 'Definitely, why not?

'There are amazing players and amazing talent in England. If they had the chance to go to another country and they could do it; there would be more English players who are great.'