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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2007, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Scudamore wants fixture changes
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore
Scudamore is willing to discuss changes to the football calendar
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says he would welcome changes to the international calendar to reduce interruptions to the domestic season.

"If there is a desire to do it has to start from Fifa," he told BBC Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"We would like to see the season start at the end of August. We would happily give up a month or so within that season for internationals.

"You could then have internationals at the end of the season as well."

He added: "It would be rather than this stop-start, stop-start situation and we think it would work for everybody.

"We would certainly be willing to sit round a football table and have that debate."

I don't think there's anything to stop the top English talent from playing in the Premier League

Richard Scudamore

This season England have played nine international games since August - six Euro 2008 qualifiers and three friendlies.

One of the problems frequently expressed over the current situation is that international managers feel they do not get enough time to work with their players.

On the other hand, club bosses criticise their plans being interrupted and players coming back injured from international duty.

Scudamore believes a change could help ease the problems, if internationals were played at the same time on a global basis and "a slightly more co-ordinated international calendar" was put in place.

But Scudamore maintained that there were no plans under way to limit the number of foreign players in English football.

The number of imports in the Premiership have been blamed on a lack of quality available to England manager Steve McClaren.

But Scudamore said: "I think I would like to see the best players we can attract in the Premier League.

"I don't think that anybody would deny if most of those were English then that would probably be good for all of us.

"But, having said that, I don't think there's anything to stop the top English talent from playing in the Premier League.

"Therefore, there is certainly going to be enough to chose from for our national side.

Scudamore commented: "At the end of the day, we are part of a European state. There is freedom of movement.

"The fact is that we have welcomed all nationalities to this country.

"And, basically, if people want to come and ply their trade here and the clubs want to employ the best talent in the world there is nothing we can do or would want to do to limit that."

Richard Scudamore was speaking at the launch of the Barclays Spaces for Sports initiative in Bristol.

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