Roy Hodgson and Rio Ferdinand join FA panel

Last updated at 08:27
Roy Hodgson and Rio Ferdinand

Ex-England captain Rio Ferdinand and manager Roy Hodgson have been named on the Football Association's commission to improve the national team.

The appointments come one day after Heather Rabbatts, the FA's only female board member, criticised the lack of diversity on the panel.

Hodgson, 66, helped the England to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Ferdinand, 34, retired from international football earlier earlier this year, after winning the last of his 81 caps in June 2011.

The Manchester United player is the first non-white member of the 10-person panel.

'Insight and experience'

FA chairman Greg Dyke said Ferdinand had always been intended to be included on the panel.

"We have been speaking to Rio and Manchester United for some time about him joining the group - before we named the other members of the commission," said Dyke.

"However, as he is a current Manchester United player we needed to be sure that Rio had the necessary time to fully participate on the commission and not impact on his day job. It has been agreed he does.

"As a current player with forthright views and opinions on the game, we can look forward to Rio providing significant insight and experience."

The ten members of the commission are:

  • Roy Hodgson, England manager
  • Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United player
  • Former England right-back Danny Mills,
  • Greg Dyke
  • FA vice-chairman Roger Burden
  • Former England manager Glenn Hoddle
  • The League Managers Association chairman, Howard Wilkinson
  • The new Professional Footballers' Association chairman, Ritchie Humphreys
  • The Football League chairman, Greg Clarke
  • Crewe Alexandra director of football, Dario Gradi

The group was set up to consider how to increase the number of England-qualified players appearing for the country's top clubs.