Watered Down National Sides
Updated Tuesday, 3rd March 2009
Just how diluted will national sides be allowed to get before there are transfer fees paid to fill the team.
Scotland manager George Burley has welcomed the prospect of having a bigger pool of players to select from for the national side. If SFA Chief Executive Gordon Smith gets his way, non-nationals, who have been schooled in Scotland for at least five years, would be eligible for selection to represent the national side. There is a gentleman's agreement currently in place between the Home Nations which prevents managers picking players who do not have at least one grandparent who was born in that country. But Smith has revealed both the Football Association of Wales and the Irish FA have backed his plan, and he is only waiting for the English FA to get back to him.
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