Asian players’ rising: Indian-origin English footballer

London, Nov 9 (IANS) An Indian-origin English footballer has said level of Asian players is rising and soon Britain will have many of them playing here.

Danny Batth, an Indian-origin player and captain of English professional football club Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, has said soon Asian players will rise to the level of players from countries where football is a primary sport.

“I would say it is a matter of time really. As time goes on it will be as standard as seeing an African, an American or a Spanish player playing,” The Sun quoted Batth as saying on Monday.

“It is like the England cricket team. There are a lot of Asian players but it is just integration which takes time,” he added.

Batth has an Indian father and an English mother and he is one of the most high-profile English Asians playing in Britain today.

The 25-year-old player of Punjabi descent said his father came to Britain when he was 12 and he never had a problem with his parents pushing him into the game.

“He would drive there in the morning, drive back and then take me to training. My parents have always been the same and have supported me and my siblings in all the ways,” he said.

The football club has many Asian and Punjabi supporters and Batth is influential with Asians in Wolverhampton.

He is even more influential with the Punjabi Wolves supporters group, for which he is ambassador, the report said.

Asians are the largest minority community in Britain with four million people living here.

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