Ex-England star disappointed by lack of diversity

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The FA announced the eight members of their new commission, set up to assess the state of the English game and how it could be improved, on Wednesday.

Among them were ex-England boss Glenn Hoddle, former Leeds and England defender Danny Mills and the FA Chairman, Gregg Dyke.

However, one former England star was left disappointed by the appointments, claiming the panel lacks diversity.

Sol Campbell represented England on 79 occasions and has told BBC Sport how he feels the commission should have included at least one black member, he said: "I wouldn't mind if they had some black players in there, black players who have actually done something for club and country. Football is a diverse game and that should be reflected in the committee.

The panel has been set up as the FA continue to look at ways of improving the state of our national game, with the production of talented young players being the focal point.

While Campbell has given the idea of the commission his backing, he's disappointed the FA have not opted to elect people from a wider range of cultures, he added: "I don't want it to fail, I want it to be successful.

"There is enough experience there but I wouldn't mind if they looked at other avenues and maybe put some black players in there to mix it about.

"The FA has got to start opening up, spreading its wings and looking at different people from different backgrounds who have done great things for club and country to get the views they need to move on."

Chairman of the FA, and the man in charge of the project, Dyke has explained that "one or two" other members may be added and it's thought that members of ethnic minority communities were approached for a role.

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