Dyke: Find more English stars

Clubs currently have to name eight home-grown players in their 25-man squads, a number the FA chairman would like to see rise to 12 while also adjusting the definition of ‘home-grown’ so they only qualify if they are registered for three years prior to turning 18, rather than the existing 21.

English players currently make up around 35 percent of the Premier League, a figure Dyke would like to see rise to 40 per cent in the next five years.

“How many more Harry Kanes are there out there, who just can’t get a game?” he said.

“We will go round (the clubs) and try to convince them. We will ask: ‘Are you sure you haven’t got a Harry Kane playing in your youth side?’.

“It must help negotiations mustn’t it? Suddenly an English kid who was out on loan at four different places, who was touch and go to get a game in the first team, is suddenly the top scorer in English football.”

Dyke also believes Kane, whose hat-trick on Saturday took him to 29 goals for the season, should play for England U21s in the European Championship this summer, even if he establishes himself in the senior side.??

“I hope that Harry Kane will go to the U21s,” he said. “We think we’ve got a good chance in that tournament. We think it’s important that we start doing well in these tournaments and it’s important he is there.

“He’s played in all the qualifying games and I think it would be a shame for him and a shame for England if he wasn’t there.”

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