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Hodgson and Ferdinand join England commission

England manager Roy Hodgson and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand have joined Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's England commission.

The appointments were announced a day after FA board member Heather Rabbatts publically criticised Mr Dyke for a lack of diversity on the commission.


The FA can confirm Roy Hodgson and @rioferdy5 have agreed to join The FA Chairman Greg Dyke's England Commission.

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Dyke criticised over all-white and all-male commission

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has been criticised over his decision to name an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team.

Greg Dyke has been criticised by an FA board member over the commission. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

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Heather Rabbatts, who is an FA board member, has written to other members on England football's governing body criticising the lack of diversity on the commission and saying the FA is letting down black players.

In her letter, she says she has tried to raise the issue privately but there has been a "refusal to understand" her position.

The letter says: "I believe that the lack of proper consultation on the make up of the commission, the fact that no approval was sought from the board...and the lack of diversity, have all meant that the opportunity to lead an informed debate on the future of English players has been damaged.

"I make the comments about diversity not because they are additional to this matter but because they lie at its heart."

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FA backs Roy Hodgson over half-time joke

The Football Association has given its "full support" to England football coach Roy Hodgson after he was criticised for a joke he made at half-time during a World Cup qualifier with Poland.

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has backed England football coach Roy Hodgson
FA Chairman Greg Dyke has backed England football coach Roy Hodgson Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FA Chairman Greg Dyke said Roy Hodgson "is a man of the highest integrity, an honourable man who is doing a great job with the England team. He has and deserves the full support of The Football Association".

In a statement on the FA website, Dyke added: “He has made clear there was no intent to say anything inappropriate, and he was certainly not making any comments with any racist connotation. Importantly, he has apologised for any unintended offence that may have been taken."

The FA said it had not received any complaints from the players after talking to the squad "extensively" to determine whether they had any problems with Hodgson's behaviour.

“He has fully explained to us what he said and the point he was making to the players in the dressing room at half-time on Tuesday night," Dyke said.

"He has also explained the context in which he made his remarks."

Hodgson: England not bookmakers' World Cup winners

England manager Roy Hodgson insists his target remains winning the World Cup in Brazil next year but acknowledged that his side were unlikely to be top of many bookmakers' lists to win the tournament.

The new FA chairman Greg Dyke yesterday highlighted the “frightening trend” of young players not getting the chance to play in the Premier League, before setting England the target of winning the 2022 World Cup.

England's Manager Roy Hodgson and England's Steven Gerrard during the press conference Credit: PA Wire

Both Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard were reluctant to comment on Dyke’s speech, insisting their sole focus was on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers which could determine England’s qualification for the tournament.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s qualifier against Moldova, Hodgson said: I don't have any thoughts on that [Dyke's speech.]

I presume if you're going to give the speech he gave, it's quite intelligent to have some sort of targets.

"I just feel 2022 might be too far in the distance for me anyway.

"Let's first of all qualify and let's try to get better before Brazil comes around, and let's do our best to win it."

Watch the World Cup qualifier live on ITV Football's website

Mixed response to FA chief's 2022 World Cup win target

There has been a mixed response from football journalists to the target set by new FA chairman Greg Dyke for England to reach the Euro 2020 semi finals and win the 2022 World Cup:


Dyke has 4 years at FA before hits 70 so targets will be someone else's millstone. Unnecessary grandstanding in otherwise important speech


@sistoney67 bet England fans are pleased to here they can forget about the next two


Dyke's speech told us what we knew about #eng woes. What is radical is the FA has a chairman with the toughness to tackle the crisis

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FA: 'Frightening trend' of English players not in top flight

The new FA chairman has highlighted what he described as a "frightening trend" of young English players who are not getting the chance to play in the Premier League.

Greg Dyke said the FA would be "letting the country and thousands of England fans down" if the problem was not remedied.

"English football is a tanker that needs turning," he added.


England set task of 2022 World Cup win by new FA boss

England have been set the target of winning the 2022 World Cup by new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.

Chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Dyke, who was giving a wide-ranging speech to journalists at Millbank Tower, set the national team two tough tasks in the next ten years.

He said: "The two targets I have for the England team are - one, to at least reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020. Two, win the World Cup in 2022."

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Qatar hits back at calls to move World Cup elsewhere

Organisers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup hit back at the Football Association's suggestion of moving the tournament to another country.

The FA says it will be too hot for players and fans if the tournament took place in Qatar during the summer.

Chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, has said in an interview that air conditioning will not be enough. He is calling for FIFA to move the 2022 World Cup to a new location or to a different time of year.

The Qataris say they are ready to host whether it is summer or winter.

Football is the most popular sport in the Middle East and the people of our region deserve the opportunity to have history made in their part of the world.

– Qatar World Cup's supreme committee

Moving Qatar World Cup would 'cause chaos'

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of Premier League
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of Premier League Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Richard Scudamore, the Chief Executive of Premier League has told the Daily Telegraph that Fifa's plans to move the World Cup in Qatar would cause chaos.

The tournament is meant to take place in June/July 2022 when the average temperature in the country is around 50 degrees or 122 fahrenheit.

The Premier League believes moving the tournament would "cause chaos" with the domestic features in 2021 and 2022.

It would also reduce the ability of the Premier League to negotiate rights access with major broadcasters which would ultimately reduce the amount of sponsorship money being sent to clubs.

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