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FA commission: Does Gary Lineker have a point?

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Lineker tweeted negative comments over the FA panel (©GettyImages)
Lineker tweeted negative comments over the FA panel (©GettyImages).

Danny Mills has called Gary Lineker out to explain his negative comments on Twitter, after suggesting that the former England striker should have put himself forward to take part in the commission, aimed at revitalising English football from the core.

Lineker tweeted: "No wonder they announced Glenn Hoddle early on @FA commission. Most of the others are utterly pointless. Expected better from Greg Dyke."

Before adding: "“@vivajohnyates: @GaryLineker you sound jealous.” < No, It's not for me, but Waddle, Hall, Barnes, Neville etc? I could name 50 more apt."

Mills wanted Lineker to be clear on the names, rather than be vague in his comments. He also said that Lineker should come out of the comfort of his Match of the Day studio and throw himself into the mix.

But Lineker was not the only high-profile name to criticise the FA commission. Stan Collymore gave heavy criticism, yet did put countless names forward in a series of tweets, and some ideas.

"The FA commission. Dario Gradi should have been asked 20 years ago but he's 72 now. Wilkinson 70. Is that really vibrant and fresh?"

"Where's Tony Carr? I asked him directly 2 days ago, 'have the FA picked your brain or called?' '. Answer, no."

Collymore then added countless names that he would have considered for the role. Dan Parnaby, Tony Carr, Gary Neville, Gary Lineker, David Pleat, Paul Hart... you get the idea.

I think Collymore does have a point with some of those names, especially Tony Carr. How can you dismiss a coach who has provided the country with some of the best English talent we have ever seen?

Now it must be made clear that the roles in the FA commission are voluntary, the members of the commission are doing it because they care about the game. Obviously their intentions are good, but the ideas and plans will come under huge scrutiny from across the nation. However, this will happen regardless of the panel, the beauty of football is that everyone has an opinion.

The biggest concern for me is that if the plans are not implemented effectively and are too ambitious, we will be likely to find ourselves in exactly the same situation we are in now, or worse.

Although it could be argued we are not in a bad situation, it's just that most of the other top countries are advancing at a much faster rate than we are.

In an interview outside of Wembley stadium with BBC Sport, Mills suggested putting a quota on the number of foreign players allowed into football academies, stating that clubs should only be allowed three players.

The ex-England and Leeds player also added that he had spoken to Kevin Davies, who said his son came on "leaps and bounds" at the Bolton academy, purely because the level of coaching was so much higher.

Is it the case that academies are just looking for the talent straight away, rather than seeing the degree of improvements that could be made in a good young player?

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