Hoddle to join commission to improve England team

Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle will take up a place on an FA commission to improve the England team. However, the Premier League, the organisation perhaps best placed to bring about change, has turned down the offer from FA Chair Greg Dyke.

Glenn Hoddle seen earlier this year at a golf tournament Credit: Press Association

Greg Dyke said: "The Premier League decided they didn't want to be on it. They were very helpful. They said they would help all they can. They have got a quite good research base and said we could have access to statistics or figures we want but they didn't want to be on the commission itself."

Glenn Hoddle, who played for Spurs for over a decade before going on to manage the club, said he was "delighted and honoured" to be involved, adding:

"I have my ideas on how the issues can be tackled, but the question is whether the Premier League and the clubs themselves will buy into it, and changing the way the game is played in this country from the early days of youth development."