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Last Updated: Monday June 02 2008 11:47 GMT

Are there too many foreign footballers in UK teams?

Sami Hyypia of Liverpool celebrates scoring an equalising goal with team mate Fabio Aurelio

Footie bosses are considering limiting the number of foreign players allowed on football teams.

The idea is for more cash to be spent training up talented young footballers, rather than buying in players from abroad.

Some people think it would help make Britain's national teams do better, but what do you think?

Do you think it'll give more young footie players a chance, or shouldn't it matter where players come from?

Whatever your views - let us know!

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Your comments

"I think it depends on who you support. I think it's fine because I support Man U and we have always got about five English players on the team, but Chelsea only have about three - so I think it's a good idea."

Robert, 14, Dublin, Ireland

"The biggest teams rely on foreign players and would be completely lost without them."

Evan, 11, Staffordshire, England

"I think that foreign players are fine and I think that English players should work harder to get in the starting 11."

Adnan, 9, Ilford, England

"There are way too many. I think England should focus on the football talent we have got instead of buying players from other countries."

Lucy, 12, London, England

"Maybe there are more foreign players on teams because they can't find good enough players in Britain? If more foreign players means more matches won, then I'm all for it!!"

Aash, 12, Mansfield, England

"Yes, I think they should limit the amount of foreign players in all UK leagues so the national teams get better players."

Scott, 13, Liverpool, England

"I think there should be foreign players as they can make the football better. They might have more talent and they should be allowed to play football in UK teams."

Leyya, 8, Leicester, England

"I think the teams are perfectly fine. Foreign players are helping teams win."

Becky, 9, Bradford, England

"It shouldn't matter whether foreign players play for English football teams, because the fact is, if someone has talent they should show it. And what would happen if there weren't many talented British footballers, and there was loads of talented foreign players? Would that mean that UK teams would be short of players just because the most talent is in foreign players?"

Lucy, 11, London, England

"Yes, I think there are too many foreign players. They should swap some players from one team to the other team so the footballers can try out other teams, so if they like the team they can join the club they like best."

Junaid, 11, Manchester, England

"Why are they doing that? Young players are getting the chance in other leagues. Players work their way to the top. They can't go straight to the top because they won't be used to it!!"

Calli, 11, Isle Of Wight, England

"Yes, because we won't have good home-grown players!"

John, 11, West Lothian, Scotland

"I think it's a stupid idea to even suggest! I mean half of the players that make football interesting and exciting are mainly foreign!"

Lola, 9, London, England

"I say this is a stupid idea because players should have the right to play for any team they want. I like Chelsea and without foreign players we wouldn't have a team."

Andrew, 13, Inverness, Scotland

"I think yes, because our players can't get enough experience at the top level, so we are at a disadvantage to countries like Spain or Italy."

Connor, 13, Wiltshire, England

"I think it will be better. England players don't play as well as they could because of the foreign players in the league clubs taking the place of English players."

Holly, 9, Yorkshire, England

"It doesn't matter; they have the right to play where they want."

Tim, 12, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

"It shouldn't matter which country they come from. If you had to have six English players then the prices of English players would go up because lots of clubs would need them. Also, English clubs wouldn't do as well in European competitions because they wouldn't have as many good players."

Ella, 13, Kent, England

"It's the football skills they have that is important and foreign players also bring lots of popularity to UK football."

Georgie, 11, Glasgow, England

"I think foreign football players should be allowed to play in the UK, because it makes a match much more exciting to watch."

Zuraiz, 11, Manchester, England

"Good idea! Give more young English players a chance. It would also be good for the national team."

Cam, 11, Northumberland, England

"Footy players should get to play for whoever they want to as it could be a childhood dream that they score goals for your team."

Daniel and Lewis, 14 and 10, Peterhead, Scotland

"Who cares if they are from a different country, it's their skills that matter."

Qasim, 9, Kent, England

"I support Liverpool and they have Fernando Torres and he is a really good player. I don't think it's fair. They should have a say what team they play in."

Tonesha, 11, Derby, England

"I think foreign players should be allowed to play in Britain because it makes British football more exciting to watch and if it weren't for them, top teams like United and Chelsea wouldn't be where they are now."

Ryan, 11, Angus, Scotland

"I do not like the idea because I support Chelsea and if they lost players like Drogba that come from different countries, they would be rubbish. Also, teams like Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool would lose all their top goal scorers, who all come from different countries."

Jonah, 7, Oxfordshire, England

"I think that players from the whole world should be able to play football in the English league and in all teams, so that all football players can play together."

Sherwin, 12, London, England

"I think there should be a max of four foreign players in each team so that there is more development of English children and the national squad will get better."

Matt, 9, Reading, England

"I don't think there should be a limit because they have a right to play wherever they want. They shouldn't be thrown out!"

Ewan, 10, London, England

"That's not fair because every team like Chelsea, Liverpool and others have a lot of foreign players. Clubs will lose a lot of good players and that's not fair."

Hivi, 13, Coventry, England

"It isn't where people come from that matters, it's their skill. Chelsea will lose some of their many good players if this proposal goes through."

Charlotte, 11, Bedford, England

"I think it's fairer because it gives teams with less money a chance if they can't afford to just buy already great players like Man U can."

Lizzi, 11, Cheshire, England

"Wherever football players come from it doesn't matter, at least everybody has fun and it's only a game."

Sohiub, 10, Manchester, England

"Give young players a chance. Foreign players should be able to play but I think it is only fair if you give the young English players a chance."

Lizzie, 12, Birmingham, England

"Yes, there are. Players should be proud of their roots and play for their home team. Unless of course there are not enough players from the area."

Shellie, 12, West Midlands, England

"Foreign players help make the English leagues the best in the world!"

Conagh, 12, Blackpool, England

"I think foreign footballers make English football more entertaining and England is the best place to show your skills e.g. Ronaldo, Torres."

Nicole, 13, Bradford, England

"I don't think this is a good idea. Players should be allowed to play for any club."

Peter, 12, County Donegal, Ireland

"I don't think there are too many at the moment, but if more and more football clubs buy players from other countries then young British footballers won't get a chance."

Jenny, 11, Birmingham, England

"It doesn't matter if there are foreign players on football teams. It's not the culture, it's the skill that matters."

Megan, 11, West Lancashire, England

"To be honest, without foreign players English football would be ridiculously boring! Players like Ronaldo and Torres bring a spark to football."

Saara, 14, Leicester, England

"I think that it is good to include people from foreign countries and that they are good football players."

Sara, 11, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

"I don't think it is right because foreign players should be allowed to play for whatever team they want."

Ryan, 12, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"I think it doesn't really matter if foreign players play for the UK teams. At least they do their job correctly."

Owen, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"If young English players were trained up then they would be as good as the players from other countries."

Sean, 11, London, England

"I don't think it matters where the players come from. If they have talent then we should welcome them. Even the England manager isn't from England!"

Bethan, 14, Gloucestershire, England

"It's just a game and if managers have got the money they can buy whoever they want."

Joe, 13, Southend, England

"I think that foreign players should be allowed to play because they seem to be the only players that score any goals, and they're our favourite players."

Elliot, 8, south Wales

"Well I think foreign players should have a right to play in any team they want. That's just like saying that English players should be stopped from playing in other teams across the world. Foreign players give English teams different skills.

Ellie, 13, Maidstone, England

"Although this could improve our national team, it would also be crushing the dreams of many young foreign footballers."

Jack, 11, London, England

"It's really unfair for players who want a career in football with some of the world's top clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea. How would you feel if you were told by one of these clubs that you can't play for them because you're a foreign player?"

Abdullah, 12, London, England

"I don't think it's a problem because it's good to have a nice variety of different countries in different teams. It's great that everyone can bond together!"

Gabriele, 12, London, England

"This is not a good idea because often foreign footballers are better than British players!"

Cauldeen, 9, Inverness, Scotland

"Yes - soon no young players will get a chance!"

Joseph, 6, Colchester, England

"I think there are too many foreign footballers for Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham."

Niall, 11, Tunbridge Wells, England

"I don't think it matters. If the players have talent - why not join? It is a great new side of English football."

Isabelle, 11, Surrey, England

"I don't think there are too many foreign footballers on UK teams and most of them are good anyway like Cristiano Ronaldo!!!"

Aimee, 13, Manchester, England

"I think that it's a good idea to cut down the foreign players. Younger players can start progressing their skills without the older foreign players doing things they're not sure about yet."

Tom, 11, London, England

"Definitely - I think that this is a real problem, because when it comes to picking players for the England team, it affects the standard of the players, as many have to go and play for their own country."

Olivia, 11, Bury, England

"Nope, there's never too many. It's the skill not the country that matters. It would actually help the national team if they were in, cuz if you speak real... England's rubbish."

Kriisty, 10, England