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In a sensational attack on English football, the FA have issued a statement which accuses top teams of neglecting Homegrown British talent, and hurting the 'British game'.
The statement, which runs in its entirety to 12 pages, points to the success Manchester United had off the back of the 'Class of '92', and suggests in no uncertain terms that clubs should look to limit their spend of "foreign talents" in favour of "nurturing the young players coming through the system, rather than throwing them on the scrapheap."
Of course, EU regulations stop the FA from putting a cap on the number of non-UK nationals in a squad, and have done since the Bosman case, but today's statement suggests that in the wake of Brexit, the FA will be less forgiving of high numbers of foreign players within squads.
Several clubs have already hit back at the statement, with Arsene Wenger branding it "ridiculous", and Jose Mourinho stating simply that "If the British players aren't good enough, they will not play" while more modest managers have kept themselves to themselves.
As the Transfer window heats up this summer, it will be interesting to see how the clubs respond to the FA's sensational attack, and whether they will indeed seek to promote the development of young talents, or continue to spend the big bucks to bring in the best foreign talent they can find.