Former England defender Mills appointed to FA commission

Danny Mills, a former England international and Charlton, Leeds and Manchester City right-back, has been appointed to the Football Association’s commission investigating the health of the game by chairman Greg Dyke, the Guardian has reported.

Mills is one of eight names on the panel, joined by former England manager Glenn Hoddle, chairman of the League Managers Association Howard Wilkinson, chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association Ritchie Humphreys, Football League chairman Greg Clarke and former Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi. Dyke and FA vice-chairman Roger Burden are also part of the group, while the Premier League declined involvement.

Dyke has said there could be two more names added to the committee, but would not comment on speculation Sir Alex Ferguson would be one of them, while the Guardian suggests the inclusion of Mills is likely to come as a surprise. However, Dyke revealed Mills, who has worked as a pundit for the BBC since retirement, produced a “very interesting paper” on the subject of youth development and was invited to join the commission because of it.

Mills, who also had spells at Middlesbrough, Hull and Derby and started his career at Norwich City, won 19 England caps and played at World Cup 2002, called into the squad by Sven Goran-Eriksson after first-choice right-back Gary Neville was ruled out through injury. He was sent off seven times in his career, and made a total of 321 appearances for seven different clubs.

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