On Sunday, the ninth and 10th members of the FA’s commission, which was set up to improve the long-term fortunes of the England national team, were announced. Here is a look at five members of the commission:
The man who organised the commission, Greg Dyke is in the early months of his tenure as FA chairman, and has identified many potential problems within the English game in its current state, mainly surrounding the dwindling number of home-grown players in the Premier League.
Despite that, he has set England the bold target of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and in the next few years he will be ultimately responsible for the development of young English talent as they attempt to make the step-up to the highest level.
Roger Burden is the current FA vice-chairman and once was acting chairman, when England failed in their bid to host the 2018 World Cup. He will bring his years of experience of working in the English football hierarchy, and that he was once head of grassroots football on England could be valuable.
The only non-white member of a line-up which has been heavily criticised because of a lack of diversity, Ferdinand’s input could be crucial as, unlike the rest of the commission, he is still playing at the highest level, and has done so for many years now. He also has experience of playing in an England side which has failed to live up to expectations at recent major tournaments.
Perhaps due to the more pressing matter of ensuring qualification for the 2014 World Cup, the England manager was named as a member of the panel surprisingly late. What the 66-year-old will bring is 35 years of managerial experience, and the knowledge of how to build a successful international team. After all, he was tasked to introduce more young and inexperienced players to the England set-up.
Other than Ferdinand, Ritchie Humphreys is the only member of the commission to still be playing. After many years with Hartlepool United, he moved on to Chesterfield in the summer, and the Speirites currently top League Two. Newly appointed PFA chairman to replace Clarke Carlisle, he will contribute on behalf of the players.
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