Claudio Ranieri argues case for Premier League clubs to have 12 subs on bench

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has suggested the Premier League increase the numbers of players allowed in matchday squads to 22 so clubs can give more experience to young players.

In the Italian's homeland, Serie A sides are allowed to name 12 substitutes on their team sheets, while for competitive internationals a manager can pick subs from the full 23-man squad. In each case only three replacements are permitted and Ranieri proposed a move away from this.

The 63-year-old would welcome more choice when selecting substitutes and he believes a knock-on effect would see England manager Roy Hodgson presented with a much larger pool of players to choose from.

The Premier League increased the number of subs from five to seven for the 2008/09 season to bring the English top-flight into line with Champions League practice, but Ranieri would like 11 substitutes.

He said: "It happens in Serie A, why not England?

"It is a good opportunity for the young players. You would have an opportunity to put the 17-year-olds or 18-year-olds on the pitch.

SEE MORE: Progress report on Leicester City’s first 4 games of the season.

"I could choose Joe Dodoo or Ben Chilwell and other young players.

"It is good for him, and it is also good for English football – 11 on the pitch, 11 on the bench. You pay 25 players. If the squad is 25 players, why only 18 go in the squad?

"The league here is very long, there are so many matches. I think we could improve on teams only having seven players on the bench. Why not 11? We can bring a lot of players to the bench and chose between them.

"Leicester has very good young players. It is important you can chose. If the squad is 25 players, why only 18 go in the squad? Twenty two could be better, in my opinion."

Ranieri's side will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season on Sunday when Midlands rivals Aston Villa visit the King Power Stadium.

Gokhan Inler could make his full Barclays Premier League debut. The Swiss midfielder impressed against England at Wembley this week and Ranieri thinks his big-name summer signing is now ready to start a league game.

"I think he is ready, but every time I think the night before the match what my first XI will be," said the Italian.

Leading scorer Riyad Mahrez was forced off against Bournemouth two weeks ago with a back injury but the winger proved his fitness by playing for Algeria during the international break.

New signing Nathan Dyer could be included in the squad against Villa but the best the on-loan Swansea winger can hope for is a place on the bench.

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