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Dyke enrols Rio and Hodgson
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.
Dyke insisted the FA had been in talks with Ferdinand and United for some time.
He said: "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."
The appointment of England manager Hodgson had been delayed until after the end of the World Cup qualifiers.
Dyke said: "It is important Roy can offer his views as the current manager of the national team and share the knowledge he has gained when working for many years in a number of countries. I wanted the international fixtures to be completed before announcing this to avoid any distractions for Roy at such an important time."
The Commission will now start to gather evidence and information and canvass opinions from "numerous people in football and sport", said Dyke.
He added: "It is important we do not lose sight of the Commission's main purpose. That is - finding a way of delivering long-term success for the England men's senior team, particularly by identifying ways to increase the number of players available to the national team playing regularly at the highest level of English football or abroad."
FA board member Heather Rabbatts, who sparked the row over the make-up of the commission after she wrote a stinging letter to fellow board members, gave a cautious welcome to the announcement but said questions still remain.
She said: "While I can appreciate the appointment of Roy and Rio and of course welcome a degree of diversity, there are still questions which remain about the work and role of the FA Commission.
"Like many who have spoken out I want to see the Commission be successful in its mission to strengthen the future talent pool for the England team. However, the issue of real diversity, and the insight that can bring, is still not fully resolved nor are the exact terms of reference of the Commission and the continued absence of the Premier League from its membership.
"Greg Dyke was right to say that this project was the FA's flagship for the future well-being of our national team and it is essential that it is overseen by a body that is truly credible and has the trust and confidence of the whole of football. This is still not the case - today's announcement is a start but there is a lot more work to do."