Foreign footballers are to blame for England’s poor performance says football legend George Cohen
World Cup scorer and iconic player George Cohen says "foreigner footballers" are ruling talented British young players out of making the first team.
The former right-back, who brought England glory in 1966 with a stunning goal against lifelong rivals West Germany, said that the influx of international players left fewer opportunities for young UK players to progress in the beautiful game.
Cohen (77), whose first wage was £11 a week, also claimed there "was too much money in football" today.
He said: "Somebody asked me the other day: why is it that the England team is not winning anything with all these wonderful players we have?
"But then again most of the players they play with are foreigners and you can only pick so many.
“Today money rules and if you want to be on the top, you have to spend money on the best players."
Although he admits international players have enhanced the success of British teams, he said that more needed to be done to launch home-grown talent.
Cohen, who recently tipped Southgate as the next England manager following the controversial departure of Sam Allerdyce, added: "The skill the foreign players brought into this country was good for our football but they took the places of our youngsters and we are suffering from that today and we are going to suffer for a very very long time because nothing is going to change is it?"
The former Fulham die-hard, who is living out his retirement in Tunbridge Wells with wife of 44-years, Daphne (72), has recently had his statue unveiled, 5o years after his World Cup victory.