Dyke wants focus on national team

04 September 2013 10:01

New Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will deliver a 'call to arms' for the whole of the English game to come together in support of the national side today.

Since succeeding David Bernstein in June, Dyke has been speaking to a whole range of key footballing figures, trying to work out the best way forward for the FA.

In particular, Dyke wants more prominence given to the national side, whose relative success is arguably under growing threat due to the increasing numbers of foreign players in the Premier League.

At Millbank Tower, just along the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament, Dyke will deliver his vision for the future.

Dyke is expected to address the thorny issue of player release for youth tournaments, which former England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce felt was a particular issue but clubs have a tendency to resist, especially with players who have broken through at senior level.

The former BBC director general has already stated his belief the FA should be more assertive in its dealings with other governing bodies.

And the "call to arms" is seen as a sign Dyke will not allow the England team to be shoved to the periphery of the whole football picture in this country.

Whether Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore and his 20 member clubs share this ideal is a debatable point.

Even Roy Hodgson's relatively innocuous hope that high-profile matches would not be scheduled immediately before key international fixtures was not heeded this year.

Both Glen Johnson and Phil Jones have been ruled out of Friday's World Cup qualifier with Moldova due to ankle injuries sustained during Liverpool's victory over Manchester United at the weekend.

Source: PA

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