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Southgate is worried about England’s future

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: England manager Gareth Southgate attends a press conference to announce the England squad for the UEFA Nations League matches at Wembley Stadium on May 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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The national team manager doesn’t like that the number of English players starting in Premier League games is going down.

In the 2018-2019 season, only 30 percent of the English Premier League starters qualified to play for the England national team.

Last season that number was 33.2 percent, and the number keeps going down.

Which is why the country’s boss Gareth Southgate is worried about the future of his selection.

“There’s a clear diminishing number there,” said Southgate to BBC Sport.

“There’s some discussion around developing players that is important. There’s some discussion around work permits moving forwards which might affect some of that.”

“The first thing we’ve got to do is arrest the slide. We have to stop that graph slipping,” he added.

“Because it isn’t correct to say we’re not developing good players. I think that’s really important.”

“The big concern for me is this graph continues to fall away and that we end up in 10 years’ time with an England manager who has got 15% of the league,” Southgate said.

“And why wouldn’t that happen? Because it has dropped 15% in the last seven or eight years, so there’s no sign of that being arrested because more money coming in, global market. That is a big danger for us.”