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Would England's new squad rules work?

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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.

GREG DYKE'S PROPOSALS

  • - 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

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Premier League CEO Scudamore doubts FA power on homegrown rule

One of the biggest advocates for change has been English FA chairman Greg Dyke, who has proposed the number of non-home grown players allowed in a club's first team be reduced from 17 to 13 from 2016.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has cast doubt over the Football Association's power to force through chairman Greg Dyke's plan to increase the number of homegrown players in top-flight squads.

It is understood the 20 clubs will strongly combat any attempt by the FA chairman to force through the new regulations and that stance would call into question whether Dyke's hopes of increasing the number of homegrown players in Premier League squads from eight to 12 could be implemented.

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Arsene Wenger wary of homegrown Premier League player proposal

One of the biggest advocates for change has been English FA chairman Greg Dyke, who has proposed the number of non-home grown players allowed in a club's first team be reduced from 17 to 13 from 2016.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned against a quota-based system being used in the Premier League believing it will dilute the quality of the division.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke would like to see the number of home-grown players in top-flight squads increased from eight to 12, a move he feels will benefit the national team.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore claims clubs were told by Dyke at a meeting on Thursday that the FA could not impose the change.

And Wenger...