Ferdinand: Too many foreign stars
Ferdinand, 34, was speaking at the end of a week which saw new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke highlight the "frightening trend" of a reduced number of domestic players in the top flight.
"That is a disgrace.
"If you look at it and ask whether there should be a stipulation that you have a minimum number of players who are English, even just in your squad, I think that should happen.
"If you look at a lot of teams, there are England players who aren't playing for their clubs - yet we're hoping to go to a World Cup and do well!"
Although it would be nigh-on impossible to implement, Ferdinand would look to copy the example of Turkey, adding: "I would do what Turkey do, and have limits.
"In that country, clubs can have a maximum of 10 foreign players on the books, and no more than six in any 18-man matchday squad.
"I know that European laws won't let a legal quota happen. So you can't do that. But if you want to protect English football and its heritage and its future, something like that has to be done."