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Would England's new squad rules work?

50-50 Challenge
 By PA Sport

Premier League clubs show combined profit for first time since 1998-99

The ESPN FC crew react to the comments of English FA Chairman Greg Dyke wanting to restrict foreign players in the Premier League.

Premier League clubs are back in the black overall for the first time in 15 years thanks to a rise in TV income and a show of restraint in raising player wages.

Figures released by analysts Deloitte show that the 20 clubs' annual figures combined show a pre-tax profit for the first time since 1998-99, to the tune of £190 million in 2013-14.

Premier League revenues have risen 29 percent from £2.5 billion to £3.3 billion due to the increase in the value of the TV deals, but wages have...

Would the FA's new squad rules make any difference? -- 50-50 Challenge

English FA chairman Greg Dyke said the new non-EU player restrictions are not enough and prevent domestic talent the opportunity to play football at the highest level.
The ESPN FC crew react to the comments of English FA Chairman Greg Dyke wanting to restrict foreign players in the Premier League.

The Football Association will push English clubs to unearth their own Harry Kane next season by making it harder for foreign players to secure work permits from this summer.

FA chairman Greg Dyke reported back on the findings of the commission he set up in September 2013 to improve the fortunes of the England team. And further measures were announced such as the increase in the number of places in Premier League squads for homegrown players, and a tightening of who qualifies as such a player.


  • - A change in the definition of Homegrown player to lower qualifying age
  • - A reduction in the maximum number of non-home grown players from 17 to 13
  • - Increase % of English players from 35 to 40
  • - Tightening of work permit rules to ensure only top class players are accepted


 By Simon Curtis

Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester City need to revamp squad to reach targets

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini speaks after his team's 3-0 victory over West Brom
Real Madrid's Sami Khedira could be a useful addition to strengthen Manchester City's midfield. The fact that he is available on a free transfer makes him an attractive option.

Manuel Pellegrini may have arrived in England with the moniker of The Engineer, but the signs are that he will need the intricate skills of Isambard Kingdom Brunel this summer to get Manchester City firing again.

With a summer season of wheeler dealing in front of them all, the Premier League big spenders will already have begun the long process of drawing up targets, having them followed, scrutinised and reported on and putting together shortlists of who they see as their ideal purchases.


 By Kevin Palmer

Wayne Rooney says returning to striker role has helped his recent form

The ESPN FC crew debate whether or not Harry Kane should start up front for England against Lithuania.

Wayne Rooney says his switch to a central striking role in the Manchester United side has been crucial to an upsurge in performances and results for Louis van Gaal's side.

Rooney spent long periods of this season performing in a midfield role that he insisted he was happy to play, but the United skipper has always favoured a central scoring position and he has enjoyed resuming that role in the last month.

The England skipper has scored five times in his last seven United appearances and he appears...