FA Chairman Greg Dyke has now appointed Roy Hodgson and Rio Ferdinand to help his commission identify the problems with the English national team.
Will this commission really work though?
A team of ten - possibly more - men will seek to improve the English national team by helping the development of English youth, but do England actually need a 'commission' to do this?
Although it is a good initiative, it is not needed. It puts clubs under pressure to raise and bring in more English players, which is not needed. England do have a lot of good young English players but most of them are overlooked for the veteran players.
There is plenty of up and coming English youth and there is no real need to have more. If there is more, players will get fed up of not having a chance. Players like Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane, Ravel Morrison and Nathan Redmond, for example, are prime examples of shining youth from top-flight English football.
There are plenty of young guns rearing to go and it would be unnecessary for a commission to further push for more English youth.
You certainly don't need Dyke telling the national side that they should win something by 2022. In fact, the manager's and players' job is to be ambitious and try to win, to outplay their opponents and succeed and to fulfil their greatest potential on the national stage. It's not that England lack talent. Sure, they may lack talent compared to countries like Germany and Spain, but the talent is there and will be used. The media tend to over exaggerate things like this.
Do you really expect a team who last won the World Cup in 1966 to go on and win another international trophy? As well as that, the fans expectations are too high. Yes, you want your country to do exceptionally well and that is very understandable, but to heap expectations on their shoulders and expect them to win something is not the kind of support you need for a team.
If they don't win then they get ridiculed and it's demoralising. Time must be given to England, to have their full youth potential come through and develop and to grow. A commission is not needed. Time is needed.
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