Why would that be the case? Evra had seemingly played at least 5 times for France before his move, Vidic in double figures. Ronaldo would have been the one of those 3 that hadn't made a senior international appearance yet but, as always, I'm sure there would be exceptions.
For instance, we bought Foyth 3 years ago after he had a grand total of 9 senior appearances in Argentina and 0 with the senior national team.
I personally don't see a need to change the current system but I think people need to move a little beyond the hyperbole and Brexit rhetoric and actually read the article in question, where he mentions the ability (in theory) to get more African and South American players for instance.
Well it depends how you look at iti think you’re wrong on all counts here. consider wage and transfer fee inflation and they all qualify wouldn’t they?
vidic would qualify 100% i think because he was a full international when we signed him. ronaldo would be at least a £40m transfer today.
Would Ronaldo have qualified automatically? No. Would Evra or Vidic.. maybe, I'm not sure what percentage of games they played before joining us. Maybe enough. Not sure.
Would they get though on appeal. Probably. Like the foyth example the big clubs are able to sign these players without too much issue
the applicant must be joining a club in the premier league or football league;
the applicant must have participated in a minimum set percentage of their home country’s senior competitive international matches during the two years (or one year if under 21) preceding the date of application. the percentage is based upon the following:
international team ranked 1-10, must have appeared in 30% of matches;
international team ranked 11-20, must have appeared in 45% of matches;
international team ranked 21-30, must have appeared in 60% of matches; and
international team tanked 31-50, must have appeared in 75% of matches.
the rankings above are based on the official fifa world rankings.
if a player fails to meet the above fa requirements for automatic endorsement, the football club can appeal under the fa appeals process to the exceptions panel. the criteria for the exceptions panel is split into ‘objective criteria’ and ‘subjective criteria