LONDON: The Football Association announced yesterday that England manager Roy Hodgson and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand have joined a commission to investigate the failings of the national team.
Their appointments take the number of people on the commission to 10, after FA chairman Greg Dyke unveiled a provisional eight-man line-up earlier in the month. The commission will look at ways to increase the number of English players playing in the Premier League and is expected to present a report by the end of March next year.
Ferdinand’s appointment comes after FA board member Heather Rabbatts criticised Dyke for naming an all-male, all-white commission. “Rio’s vast experience as a player developed through West Ham’s successful youth system, winning Premier League and European titles with Manchester United and representing England at World Cups means he has a huge amount to offer to the debate,” said Dyke.
“We have been speaking to Rio and Manchester United for some time about him joining the group -- before we named the other members of the commission.
“However, as he is a current Manchester United player, we needed to be sure that Rio had the necessary time to fully participate on the commission and not impact on his day job. It has been agreed he does.”
The FA waited until the end of England’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign before confirming Hodgson’s place on the commission. “It is important Roy can offer his views as the current manager of the national team and share the knowledge he has gained when working for many years in a number of countries,” Dyke said. AFP