Kevin Keegan today insisted English players must “get off their backsides” and work harder to avoid getting left behind.
The former Three Lions captain and manager reckons home-grown stars could get lost behind the Premier League’s foreign imports.
He said: “That’s the challenge to English players. I would say to them ‘get off your backsides, work harder and put more hours in’.
“Work more on your skills and work more on your fitness because there is a gap – I don’t know why – but there is a gap.”
Keegan, famous for his ‘I’d love it’ rant while Newcastle manager, pictured left, made just one appearance at a World Cup finals.
But he believes England can make an impact in Brazil next summer.
He said: “Once England get to finals they are always capable of getting to the semi-final.”