Former England and Arsenal soccer ace Sol Campbell has told CNBC that foreign players are stifling the prospects of homegrown talent and has backed a British exit from the European Union.
"I think it's all about quality really and bringing back control," he told CNBC Thursday.
"When I first started playing football, there were a few Scandinavian players playing, but now obviously the money in football is immense ... for me it's all about the British players that are growing up through the ranks."
Campbell - who has ventured into politics after a glittering career in the game - has criticized bemoaned the use of young foreign players being imported by large Premier League clubs at the expense of domestic talent.
In an opinion piece for the Mail on Sunday earlier this month he said the Premier League is in danger of becoming a "free-for-all" because of European rules on freedom of movement meaning that it was "virtually impossible for us to get a proper grip on the situation."