Griffin: Prem too foreign
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth's Andy Griffin thinks there is not enough English talent in The Premiership.Portsmouth defender Andy Griffin believes not enough English talent is being seen in The Premiership at present.
The former Stoke City and Newcastle United player took an indirect shot at his own club by stating that heavy recruitment of foreign players is 'sad' for the English game.
Fratton Park boss Alain Perrin recruited nearly all-foreign talent into his squad for the new season, as he embarked on his first full campaign as Pompey boss.
The 26-year-old believes Premiership clubs like Pompey need to make to put more investment in youth academies.
"It would be great if there were 11 British or even 11 English players out there but that doesn't happen - and it is quite sad for English football," stated Griffin.
"To be deemed successful, you have got to recruit players from all corners of the world, but we have to be careful we are not ignoring the great young English talent out there.
"Clubs have got to open up other avenues and make sure you invest in academies to make sure we have English players coming though and playing in The Premiership."