FA passes new homegrown rule

The FA has passed a new 'homegrown' rule which will see at least four of the sixteen players chosen on matchday come from a club's youth system. The new regulations will come into effect at the start of next season.

Nationality will not be an issue in the new laws, instead at least four of a club's first team squad will have to have been on the books for at least three years prior to their 21st birthday.

The move seems more positive than FIFA's 6+5 rule which was based solely on the nationality of squad members rather than on developing and bringing through players from the youth system. But the knock on effect for Fabio Capello and England can only be a good thing.

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