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Sam Allardyce finishes meeting with FA

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

England manager Sam Allardyce has finished his meeting with the FA at Wembley.

No decision has yet been made, ITV News Sports Editor, Steve Scott reports.

England's new coach was filmed by The Telegraph allegedly negotiating a consultancy deal with undercover reporters purporting to represent a Far East firm.

Police and FA searching for Wembley trouble-makers

The FA are searching for Millwall fans who caused trouble at Wembley. Credit: PA

The Football Association and Metropolitan Police are continuing to search for a number of Millwall fans who caused trouble during the League One play-off final.

Barnsley's return to the Championship after their 3-1 win over the Lions on Sunday was overshadowed by trouble during and after the game.

A group of Millwall supporters attempted to break into the Barnsley end at Wembley, forcing a number of supporters to move to stay out of the way as the violence broke out and the club has vowed to hand out lifetime bans to anyone found guilty.

Fifteen arrests were made outside the ground but there have been no arrests with regards to the trouble inside Wembley.

The FA is working with members of both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those who were involved in the disturbances and issued a statement surrounding the issue.

The FA condemns the disorder caused by a small number of fans at the League One play-off final between Barnsley and Millwall at Wembley Stadium.

We will work closely with the clubs, the Football League and the Metropolitan Police to identify those involved and take appropriate action.

We would like to take this opportunity to praise the actions of our stewards and the police, who responded responsibly under provocation.

– The FA

FA to invest £260m in grassroots football

The FA has decided to invest a total of £260million at the base of the English game. Credit: PA

The Football Association will try to improve England's national team by pumping £260m into grassroots football over the next four years.

With the number of English players in the top flight decreasing, there is more need than ever to invest money at grassroots level to try to ensure the next generation of stars make it to the top.

The FA has, therefore decided to invest a total of £260million at the base of the English game from 2015-2019.

That is an increase of £60m on the previous four-year period, which came to an end this summer.

The FA hopes the investment will help it develop better players, coaches and improve training facilities.

The FA is particularly keen to encourage grass roots development of the women's game in light of England's success at the World Cup in Canada this summer, and disabled football too.

"I have spoken to a number of counties and leagues and they say they have been inundated with girls coming to them and saying they want to play football," said former England international Kelly Simmons, who is now the FA's Director for Participation and Development.

"That's really heartening. The interest has never been higher. We have to capture those inspirational moments and bring them into clubs."


Premier League, FA and government combine to invest in grassroots

Grassroots is being invested in. Credit: PA

The Premier League has combined with the Football Association and the Government to invest in grassroots facilities.

A day after the 20 top-flight clubs pledged to set aside at least £1billion of television money to the football pyramid outside of the top division from next year, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, FA chairman Greg Dyke and sports minister Helen Grant appeared at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south-west London.

A joint initiative to build more 3G pitches in 150 sport hubs across 30 cities over the next five years was announced.

Scudamore said: "The Government's initiative is brilliant news for the grassroots of the game and we will work with them as a committed partner to ensure that the scheme is implemented as rapidly as possible.

"The clubs, when meeting yesterday, identified grassroots facilities as one of their five key strategic priorities, with detailed funding commitments to be announced towards the end of the year."

Sol: Could have 'easily' captained England more times

Former England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell told Daybreak he could have "easily" captained his country more than three times during his career.

The retired centre-back played 73 times for the Three Lions and said in his new biography he would have been skipper for "more than 10 years" if he had been white.

He also claimed the FA was "institutionally racist", an accusation that was strenuously denied by former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce who said he did not believe skin colour would stop a player becoming captain.

The FA declined to comment on Campbell's comments.

Campbell told Daybreak: "Over the 10 years I could've easily captained more than three times, with the ability I had."

The retired footballer also said he wishes he could "help" his former team Arsenal, who have hit a spell of bad form in the league, and admitted that he keeps fit by doing spinning classes.

FA charge Nicolas Anelka over controversial gesture

The FA has said it has charged Nicolas Anelka over a controversial gesture during the West Ham United versus West Bromwich match in December.

The FA said it is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.

Anelka has until 6pm on 23 January 2014 to respond to the charge.

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