Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson to join FA Commission

Rio Ferdinand has a wealth of experience at club and international level. Photo: PA

Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson will join Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's England Commission, it has been announced.

The confirmation follows criticism of the FA appointing the first eight members of the commission without any representative from an ethnic minority.

The appointment of Manchester United defender Ferdinand will go some way to answering that criticism - he was also an outspoken critic of the handling of the John Terry racism case.

Rio's vast experience as a player developed through West Ham's successful youth system, winning Premier League and European titles with Manchester United and representing England at World Cups means he has a huge amount to offer to the debate.

We have been speaking to Rio and Manchester United for some time about him joining the group - before we named the other members of the Commission. However, as he is a current Manchester United player we needed to be sure that Rio had the necessary time to fully participate on the commission and not impact on his day job. It has been agreed he does.

As a current player with forthright views and opinions on the game, we can look forward to Rio providing significant insight and experience.

– FA chairman Greg Dyke
Roy Hodgson will get to work alongside Dario Gradi and Danny Mills. Credit: PA