We will improve talent pool, believes Greg Dyke
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has expressed his delight and confidence in what lies ahead after the Premier League declared its commitment to the commission he is setting up to try to boost the England team.
Dyke last week made a speech in which he said the "frightening trend" of the reduction in the number of England-qualified players in the top flight needed addressing.
With a view to improving the prospects of the national side, he pledged to create a commission that would find a solution to the problem and on Thursday the Premier League confirmed, following a meeting attended by its 20 club chairmen and Dyke, that it would be a part of the process.
Dyke said: "The intention of my speech regarding the development and progression of English players was to discover why there are fewer and fewer English players at the top level, and the point of any debate is to find solutions.
"I am very keen that the commission work with everyone in football and particularly the Premier League, both as an organisation and its individual member clubs. Clearly they have a lot to contribute to the process.
"We already know there is a lot of good work going on but I suspect there is more to be done.
"I am pleased that the Premier League clubs, board and executive all want to contribute to the commission I am setting up. There is a great deal of knowledge there and I am sure we will be able to find some very concrete ways of improving the pool of talent available to England managers."
Dyke's comments were part of a statement released on Thursday which said: "The Premier League clubs today met and affirmed their commitment to engaging in a collaborative and co-operative manner with the debate and process outlined by the FA chairman in his recent speech.
"The Premier League clubs, board and executive will all contribute their expertise, knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges in regard to producing England qualified-talent who are of the requisite quality to play both at Premier League and international level."
Premier League chairman Anthony Fry said: "It is evident from discussions with the clubs that there is a strong desire to see greater numbers of England-qualified players coming through their academy systems that are capable of performing at both Premier League and international standard."
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