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Dyke laments Premier League snub
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke can understand why the Premier League turned down a seat on his commission to improve the England team - but that it was not right to have done so.
Dyke hopes the commission, whose members will include Football League chairman Greg Clarke and former England manager Glenn Hoddle, will report back by the spring.
The Premier League - perhaps the organisation best placed to effect change - will co-operate with the commission but turned down an offer from Dyke for its chairman Anthony Fry to take up a seat with the group.
Dyke, speaking at the Leaders in Football conference in London, 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. I can understand why. I don't happen to think they are right but I understand why."
Dyke expressed concerns about England's top flight being a "finishing school" for overseas stars and saying 70 per cent of those starting Premier League matches last season were from overseas.
The FA chairman added: "The truth is we have become a finishing school for the rest of the world at the expense of our own players.
"I care passionately about two things. I want England to win and I do believe that English kids should have the best opportunity to play at the highest level.
"If there are barriers to that, either when they are very small because we're not teaching them the right skills, or later because they are getting into an academy system where it is quite difficult to get into the first team, we need to look at what we can do.
"We should sit here and say 'we believe that English kids should have the right, if they have got the talent, to play at the highest level in this country and abroad'."
The Premier League issued a statement last month saying it was committed to engaging with the process. The clubs do not want to have an actual representative on the commission however - a move that will give them some distance from any recommendations.
Hoddle, who managed England at the 1998 World Cup, said he was "delighted and honoured" to be involved.
He told BT Sport: "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."
Meanwhile, Dyke said it was now "certain" the 2022 Qatar World Cup would be moved from the summer months after FIFA announced it was setting up a working party to consider changes.
"Anyone who has ever been to Qatar in the summer, as I have, knows you can't hold a football tournament there," he said.
"Even if you have an air-conditioned stadium, how do the fans get in and get out? You go to these big tournaments and you can queue for an hour - doing that in Qatar in the summer would be very dangerous.
"The one thing that is certain is that tournament will not be held in Qatar in the summer and we should all welcome that. Now the discussions start about when it is held, assuming it stays in Qatar, and we can probably assume it will."