Chelsea boss ready to help England

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Jose Mourinho is happy to help a new commission appointed by the FA to look in to the declining level of British players playing in the Premier League.

Despite qualifying for the World Cup, concerns remain from FA chairman Greg Dyke that England will continue to decline in to the abyss of international football if the declining flow of English talent isn't revitalised.

The commission is expected to call both the Chelsea manager and Arsene Wenger for advice before the end of the month and Mourinho has confirmed that he is ready and waiting to offer his guidance.

He did however, insist that the immediate situation isn't as bad as some perceive, commenting that England have a good national side.

"If they want to speak with me, I will be open," said the Chelsea manager to the Guardian.

"I will give them my opinion. But if you concentrate on just the here and now – not on the future, in three or four years' time, but on the group of players at Roy Hodgson's disposal to play the World Cup – then England have players more than good enough to make a good national side."

England more or less struggled to qualify from their World Cup qualification group despite not having a clear rival for the automatic spot.

The Stamford Bridge manager has poured scorn on England's critics though and insists Roy Hodgson did well to navigate through a tough group.

"In the end, they deserved [to qualify]. It was a group without a big national team [as a rival], but it was a group with balance, with three or four teams who could take points off you.

"So it was a difficult group, and I think with the pressure of these last two matches – OK, they were at Wembley, in London, they had to win, and they did it – they coped well.

"They showed with the group of players they have that it's not the drama that some people want to make us believe it is.

"You see the players, and the players on the bench on Tuesday night: look at which clubs they play for, which competitions they play in … You are speaking about some of the best players in the world."

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard are also expected to be contacted by the group to ask their opinion on why English clubs are failing young British talent.

Members of the commission includes Dario Gradi, Greg Clarke, Howard Wilkinson, Glenn Hoddle, Danny Mills and Dyke.

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