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A new report from the Adam Smith Institute – “Sweet FA – Why foreign player crackdowns hurt English football” – is featured in The Daily Telegraph.

Greg Dyke’s plan to cap the number of foreign players in English football has been denounced by The Adam Smith Institute, which claimed there was “practically no relationship whatsoever” between that and the performance of the England team.

A report by the influential think tank also warned that artificially limiting the amount of overseas talent in the Premier League would harm its clubs’ ability to compete in the Champions League and Europa League.

One of the key recommendations of Football Association chairman Dyke’s commission on English football this summer was a limit on the number of non-European Union players in the English game, which, it was claimed, would increase the number of England-qualified footballers.

The received wisdom has been that a bigger domestic talent pool is the panacea to the national team’s travails at major tournaments, a view directly challenged by research conducted by the Institute’s head of policy, Ben Southwood.

Read the full article here.

The report, written by ASI Head of Policy Ben Southwood, finds that the Football Association’s plan to crack down on foreign players in the Premier League would damage the league’s quality and success in European club competitions, without any benefit to the English national team’s performance.

Read the full report here: “Sweet FA – Why foreign player crackdowns hurt English football”