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Hoddle keen to share vision

Glenn Hoddle believes he has some 'really good ideas' that he will put forward to the FA Commission on improving the national game.

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Glenn Hoddle: Former England boss keen to share his vision

Glenn Hoddle: Former England boss keen to share his vision

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The former England head coach is one of eight men so far named on the panel which aims to help England win the World Cup in 2022.

Hoddle was named as part of the commission by FA chairman Greg Dyke, who will head up the panel.

League Managers' Association chief Howard Wilkinson, PFA chairman-elect Ritchie Humphreys, along with Dario Gradi and former England defender Danny Mills are also involved.

"I've got some really good ideas that I've put my mind to recently but also going back quite a way. As I said I've already got some ideas there and I want to improve on that," Hoddle told Sky Sports News.

"I've run my own academy in Spain and I saw how those lads at 18-21 could be developed and improved very quickly. If you can do that with 8, 9, 10, 12-year-olds and 16-year-olds then I think there is a real opportunity here.

"If some of these ideas get across the line, I think there is a way of changing the generation of footballers.

"Quicker than perhaps Greg (Dyke) has said. He's mentioned 2022, he's mentioned 2020, which I applaud because it's a vision."

The Premier League does not have a representative sitting on the Commission, but will be actively involved in the process and they have moved to clarify the situation.

"The Premier League is part of Greg Dyke's commission. We and the clubs agreed last month with The FA that it would be better to engage with it as a collective rather than have one individual attend the meetings," director of communications Dan Johnson said in a statement.

Former FA technical director Wilkinson, who has twice taken caretaker charge of England and also managed the Under 21s, insists they are part of the solution, not the problem.

"Hopefully people are ready to accept change," Wilkinson told Sky Sports News Radio.

"From the Premier League's point of view, I can understand where they're coming from, they probably feel that they have more than one person that can contribute particularly in terms of the actual facts of the case in terms of what goes on.

"I think find out what the facts are, try to identify the real problems and try to come up with solutions and whatever those will be given where we are now, I think those solutions will be fairly radical.

"That will be the crunch point, whether people are prepared to accept radical change. The game has not been good at it through the years but we shall see.

"I think from the moment the Premier League was formed, it was fairly clear that we'd finish up here.

"We have good development centres, I think we have good development and our problem is opportunity. Our problem is 17/18 year-old boys facing a glass ceiling. I think in that case, losing motivation.

"So we need to try to find some way to give those boys a way to really competitive first team football on a regular basis.

"I don't think young foreigners coming into the Premier League is a quick fix, the Premier League is the richest league in the word and the birds fly to where the sunshine is.

"The Premier League is very popular, very strong and very well run. The Premier League is part of the solution, we need to use some of their strengths to find a way round it."

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