England captain says it is tougher for young players to make Premier League impact
Steven Gerrard believes young players face a much tougher task to find first-team football with their clubs than when he made his Liverpool breakthrough.
The England captain made his Premier League debut for Liverpool as an 18-year-old in 1998 and has since gone on to play in over 600 games for the Reds as well as picking up 105 caps for the Three Lions.
And despite Raheem Sterling, Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom featuring for Liverpool this season, Gerrard says the pressure on top-flight managers and number of foreign players in squads means it’s become much harder for homegrown players to establish themselves.
He told BBC Breakfast: "Managers are only ever eight to 10 days away from the sack, so to take risks on unknown young players is difficult.
"I mean [Liverpool manager] Brendan Rodgers has been fantastic at this club because he's been brave and he's given young players a chance.
"But there's no two ways about it, it's a lot more difficult to break through nowadays because of the standard of players and because there are a lot more foreigners about.
"That's the whole top and bottom of it."
Gerrard's thoughts come after FA Chairman Greg Dyke spoke last month about his concern over the opportunities for young English players and how he's going to lead a commission with the aim of improving England's success at international level.
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