EFL clubs allowed five subs this season

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The English Football League has confirmed that five substitutes per team will be allowed across all divisions from the next round of fixtures - but there is no sign of the Premier League planning to follow suit.

The game's law-making body, the International Football Association Board, announced in July that the five replacements rule would be extended into 2020-21 but that it would be up to individual competitions whether they adopted it.

The Champions League, Europa League and international fixtures permit five substitutes but the Premier League remains the only major top-flight division in Europe which does not allow teams to make a quintet of changes in a match during the current campaign.

The proposal has twice failed to secure the 14-club majority needed to be adopted for the new season, after a vote to use five subs during the final two months of the delayed 2019-20 campaign had been supported.

England manager Gareth Southgate suggested "something has to give" as Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson were withdrawn from the England squad because of fitness concerns, while Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been sidelined by a serious knee injury.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have also been leading calls for additional substitutes this term in a bid to curb a spate of injuries.

However, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed he was not expecting a change "in the foreseeable future" when he gave evidence at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee session last week.

Nevertheless, the EFL, representing clubs outside the Premier League, has gone its own way, announcing on Wednesday a motion in support of additional substitutes to be used had been passed by the board.

Under the new regulations - which come into force from November 20 - teams in the Championship will be able to make five changes from a pool of nine substitutes while for League One and League Two, any five from seven will be permitted.

Dr Vincent Gouttebarge, the chief medical officer of FIFPRO, the global representative organisation for professional footballers, expressed surprise that the Premier League had not opted to continue with five subs this season.