England defender Aaron Cresswell has hit out at the big Premier League clubs, insisting they do not put enough faith in English players and spend too much money on players from abroad.
Cresswell was critical of the policies adopted by the big clubs in England, and insists they should look more towards young English talent rather than spending big bucks on foreign imports.
“When you see the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Man United, there are not many English players coming through. It gets tougher every year, with clubs going scouting around the world, rather than the way it was 20 years ago, when they didn’t have this money and it was all about producing your own.”
Manchester United spent over £140million in the summer as they brought in Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Will they put a 17-year-old in when they can spend £30 million or £40 million on someone abroad who has done it in another league? I don’t think it is going to change.”
The 26-year-old has been drafted into the England squad to face Scotland in the upcoming World Cup qualifier and Spain in a friendly match, and outlined his pride to pull on the Three Lions shirt.
“I can’t wait to be part of it,” he says. “I just want to enjoy the experience and do my best in training and, if I can do that, then I hope I can achieve my dream of pulling on an England shirt, which is what I’ve wanted to do ever since I started playing football as a little kid in Liverpool.”