Adams: England risk 'oblivion'
Tony Adams says the England team is destined for "oblivion" if Premier League clubs continue to favour foreign imports over home-grown talent.
Concerns about the future of the England team have been raised in recent months due to the increasing number of foreign signings made by clubs in the Barclays Premier League.
Within days of England manager Roy Hodgson complaining he had a pool of only 30 or 40 international class players to choose from, it was calculated that around a quarter of the £630million that was spent during the transfer window went on British players.
The Premier League has almost from day one contained a far lower percentage of home-grown players than other major countries on the continent.
The Football Association wants to address the problem and former England captain Adams thinks it must act fast.
Adams told Zapsportz.com: "I used to think that top-class foreign talent would have a positive effect on our young English players, that they would improve rubbing shoulders with them.
"However, the reverse has become true, it has had an adverse effect. Buying up all this foreign talent is like buying the England team a ticket to oblivion.
"Unfortunately the young English talent has not come through and I'm worrying that they have become swamped by the sheer volume of foreign imports.
"We need the young talent to emerge and gain vast experience in the Champions League, but we now only have a smattering of English players in the Premier League, it's 36 per cent, but I think it will soon be down to 25 per cent."
Adams formed a part of the all-English back four which served George Graham so well, and Arsene Wenger too during the start of the Frenchman's reign at Arsenal.
But with so few Englishmen in the Premier League available to make the step up to international level, the former Gunners defender thinks the Three Lions now only possess one real star in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
"Jack Wilshere is an enormous talent, you could see that in the way he played against Brazil last season," the former England captain said.
"We need him. My concern is this: is he the only one?
"Sometimes just one can be enough, if it's Ronaldo, Zidane or Messi. That, though, is asking a lot of the Arsenal youngster, perhaps too much."