Wembley

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Dyke: No regrets over gesture

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says he has no regrets over the cut-throat gesture he made following England's World Cup draw.

Last Updated: 19/12/13 at 10:48 Post Comment

Greg Dyke (second from right) and other England representatives at the World Cup

Greg Dyke (second from right) and other England representatives at the World Cup

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 66-year-old was present in Brazil earlier this month as England were drawn in a group along with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica for next year's tournament in the South American country.

He courted controversy when he was pictured making his gesture in response to what he perceives to be a tough challenge for Roy Hodgson's side, who will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.

When asked if he regretted the action, Dyke responded: "Oh no, it was a piece of humour. That is me. If you want a straight-laced suit you can have one.

"It was an instant reaction. Interestingly the amount of football fans who have come up to me and said they think I am a proper football fan because you felt like we did."

Uruguay (6th) and Italy (7th) are both ranked higher than England (13th) in the FIFA world rankings but Dyke is confident Hodgson's side can make it to the knock-out stages.

"It is quite a difficult draw. That doesn't mean we are not going to get through. Actually, I think we will get through. But it is a tough draw and I think we need to recognise that.

"If you can get out of the group you are four games from winning. It could happen. Nobody is going to say we are one of the favourites and we shouldn't kid ourselves but we have got a chance.

As part of his responsibilities with the FA, Dyke has been part of a commission that have been meeting regularly to discuss ways to improve the national team's fortunes.

The commission will meet again on Thursday and Dyke believes they are making progress.

"We've taken a lot of evidence from people right across the game," he told Sky Sports News.

"We asked three questions: how did we get here, what could be done about it and what are the chances of that happening?

"I think we know how we got here and now were coming up to some interesting things about what could be done. We will be publishing those in the spring.

"I don't think there is one single magic trick. It will be a series of things right across football from grassroots up to the professional game that need to be changed so we can encourage more English kids to get through into the top level."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Mail Box

Look Away Now Please, Sherwood...

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company