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England captain Terry unhappy with new rules

September 18, 2009
By Soccernet staff

John Terry has accused the Premier League of taking the 'easy way out' with their new rules on homegrown players.

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From next season, the 20 Premier League clubs will be required to have eight homegrown players - trained for three years under the age of 21 in England or Wales - out of a squad of 25, but the England captain does not believe the regulations will impact too much on top-flight clubs.

He feels the only way to ensure that homegrown youngsters emerge is to introduce limits pertaining to the starting XI, while he has also called on players to take responsibility for their own careers.

"We can all put eight players in a squad of 25 but it doesn't necessarily mean they are going to be in the team so it still poses a problem," the England and Chelsea captain said on Sky Sports News.

"When I was coming through I always got told that if I was good enough I would get the chance, so it is up to individual players to work hard and prove they deserve a place. I think it is an easy way out because anybody can put eight homegrown players in a squad of 25.

"Until there is a rule that there has to be (homegrown) players in the starting XI, I don't think much is going to change because you can still have 11 foreign players in the team. I think it is going to be very much the same."