Gareth’s Ad it if we keep loan­ing out young­sters

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By HARRY PRATT

FOR­MER Eng­land skip­per Tony Adams has called for an end to the loan sys­tem in the Pre­mier League – to help im­prove the na­tional team.

Although the Three Lions have again qual­i­fied for a ma­jor tour­na­ment, se­cur­ing a spot at next sum­mer’s World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia with a game to spare, se­ri­ous ques­tions re­main over the depth of qual­ity in Gareth South­gate’s squad.

Any in­juries or sus­pen­sions to his reg­u­lars and South­gate strug­gles to find re­place­ments of sim­i­lar abil­ity.

Adams, who was cap­tain when Eng­land reached the last four at Euro 96, is con­vinced a ma­jor fac­tor be­hind this lack of tal­ent is top clubs loan­ing out their best home­grown young­sters.

And the ex-Ar­se­nal star be­lieves scrap­ping these deals in our top flight would sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove our chances at in­ter­na­tional level.

Adams, capped 66 times, said: “I would ban the loan sys­tem. I would get to­gether with the own­ers of Pre­mier League clubs and end it.

“Then you wouldn’t have 65 play­ers at Manch­ester City and the young play­ers would go to other clubs and get de­vel­oped with other teams.

“Then they’ll get to sold to play for City or Ar­se­nal when they’re ready.”

Adams reck­ons Eric Dier is a per­fect case in point.

The Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder learned his trade in Por­tu­gal at Sport­ing Lis­bon be­fore ar­riv­ing at White Hart Lane – and then pro­gress­ing into the se­nior Eng­land set-up.

“Dier is a good ex­am­ple, de­vel­op­ing at Sport­ing be­fore be­ing bought by Tot­ten­ham when he was ready,” added for­mer Portsmouth and Granada boss Adams, 50.

“The loan sys­tem is killing English play­ers. If you ban the loan sys­tem then overnight you’ll change the face of the game – and im­prove the na­tional team’s prospects too.”

De­spite those con­cerns, he has been rel­a­tively im­pressed with South­gate dur­ing his 10-month reign.

Adams, who played along­side the head coach for Eng­land, said: “Gareth’s had a resur­gence but as a man­ager you’re only as good as the play­ers you’ve got.

“I’m 100 per cent be­hind him but he hasn’t got much of a pool to choose from.” EMO­TIONAL Jermain De­foe re­veals he still has mes­sages and videos of “spe­cial kid” Bradley Low­ery on his mo­bile.

Brave Bradley lost his fight against can­cer and died at just six in July af­ter strik­ing up a won­der­ful friend­ship with his Sun­der­land hero.

De­foe – now at Bournemouth – ad­mits he will re­mem­ber Bradley for the rest of his life and re­mains in touch with his mum Gemma and dad Carl.

Pho­to­graphs of the two touched the hearts of the coun­try and De­foe still sheds tears think­ing about his “best friend”.

The striker said: “When I first met him and Gemma and they took a pic­ture of me in the bed with him, it just went crazy.

“Com­ing away from Gemma and she’d say he hadn’t moved all day, that he hadn’t eaten.

“He would send mes­sages be­fore games and I had so many mem­o­ries. Such a spe­cial boy.

“I think about him ev­ery day. I have pic­tures of us in my house and I still speak to Gemma and Carl. Yeah, for the rest of my life I’ll never for­get him.

“I’ve got mes­sages on my phone still, videos too. There are times when I’m at home and I still get up­set. It was a tough time. He was a spe­cial kid.”

STEVE MIL­LAR

YOUNG LION: De­foe in his de­but de­feat to Sweden in 2004 meet­ing him, I al­ways had a good feel­ing inside.

“There were times when I walked into the room when he jumped up.

“I’d speak to

LOAN MOAN: Tony Adams

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