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Former Managers Say Reform Vital to England’s World Cup Hopes

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(Reuters) – England’s prospects of ever winning another World Cup will suffer unless reforms are introduced to give home-grown players more chances to shine, five former England managers have warned.

Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Graham Taylor and Steve McClaren signed a joint letter to FA chairman Greg Dyke backing his proposals for change, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Thursday.

In the letter, they called for swift implementation of measures to ensure English players are given more match exposure at top clubs to boost England’s chances of repeating the country’s lone 1966 World Cup success.

“Failure to do so risks England falling further behind the leading football nations and will only make it harder to end the long wait to win the World Cup,” they said.

The letter, which the newspaper said was sent to Dyke on Wednesday, said English players accounted for a mere 32 per cent of playing time in the Premier League last year compared with almost 70 per cent two decades previously.

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