England will stay in the shadow of Europe’s elite unless the influx of foreign players to the premier league is brought under control, the FIFA president has said.
Sepp Blatter is adamant the national team will fail to develop if managers keep looking abroad for players.
He believes England are significantly in the shadow of Spain, Italy and Germany – and so will therefore never win a World Cup unless the buying of players from overseas is limited.
He is however impressed with how the Barclays Premier League has been marketed and sold around the world.
Mr Blatter was speaking during a wide-ranging interview with Special Report on Sky Sports News, in which he tackled subjects including racism, future World Cups and the possibility of being succeeded by Michel Platini.
He said: ‘I don’t think the Premier League is too global (but) you have too many foreigners and not (enough) English players, so your national team is not yet at the level of these national teams.
‘If you look to Spain, Italy and Germany, you realise 80 per cent or even more of the players of the national team play in their own league.’
Mr Blatter, who confirmed that goalline technology will be trialled during this summer’s Confederations Cup, called for clubs whose fans racially abuse players to be docked points.
‘A more radical solution would be deduction of points,’ said Mr Blatter.
‘Deduction would have a better impact. To have a match played without spectators is a warning. You can never solve a problem by running away.