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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has announced the full composition of a commission that will investigate the failings of the England national team.
LONDON: Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has announced the full composition of a commission that will investigate the failings of the England national team.
Having revealed earlier on Wednesday that former England manager Glenn Hoddle would have a role, he said that former Leeds United player Danny Mills and former national technical director Howard Wilkinson would also be involved.
As well as Dyke himself, the commission also features Football League chairman Greg Clark, new Professional Footballers' Association chairman Ritchie Humphreys and Football Association vice-chairman Roger Burden.
The list is completed by Dario Gradi, the former long-serving manager of English lower-league side Crewe Alexandra, who has a strong reputation for helping to develop young players.
Dyke said he expects to add two more names to the commission, which is scheduled to present a report at the end of March, and that "one or two people" were "making up their minds".
He revealed that the Premier League had turned down an invitation to join the commission, which is expected to produce proposals on how to improve the English game, but said he understood its reasons.
"I don't think it's a problem, because they're willing to co-operate, they're willing to be helpful," he said during the Leaders in Football conference in London.
"I think their view in the end is it will be a negotiation and they didn't want to be committed to having someone on the (commission), which I understand.
"In the end, it's not only what would you do, it's what's legally possible and what can realistically be done?"
Explaining the choice of one-time England right-back Mills, who has developed a reputation as a forthright radio pundit since retiring in 2009, Dyke said it was because he "wrote a very interesting paper" on the issue.
Dyke first announced plans to set up the commission in a speech last month, when he referred to the "frightening trend" of English players being supplanted by foreigners in the Premier League.
Only around 30 per cent of the players currently playing in the English top flight are eligible for selection by England coach Roy Hodgson.
Since winning the 1966 World Cup as hosts, England have only reached the semi-finals of two major tournaments and the commission will investigate the reasons for their recent failings.
The current England team face Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on Friday in the first of two decisive World Cup qualifying games, before tackling Poland next week.
Although Dyke reiterated his support for Hodgson, describing himself as "a fan" of the former Liverpool manager, he said he was reluctant to look beyond those two games.
"I stand by what I said before. What I don't want to do is get into a debate this week about Roy Hodgson," he said.
"I don't think that's the debate. The debate is: are we going to win or not?"