Greg Dyke: 'English-only national team is extreme'

Dyke: 'English-only national team is extreme'
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FA chairman Greg Dyke weighs in on the debate on whether non-English players should be allowed to represent England.

FA chairman Greg Dyke has said the idea that only English players should be able to play football for England is "extreme".

The issue was thrust under the spotlight after it emerged that Manchester United's Belgium-born Adnan Januzaj has been earmarked as a future England international.

"It is an issue we need to look at," Dyke told reporters. "The idea that someone who is not born here can never play for England is a bit extreme. We wouldn't have Mo Farah if that was the case.

"We will discuss our policy again and make a decision. It comes down to saying what principles do we want to abide by; it is not a case of individuals. The FA is looking at what we feel is appropriate."

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere sparked controversy when he weighed in on the debate, insisting that only English players should be able to represent the Three Lions.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 1, 2013
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