Premier League promises to work with commission
The Premier League insisted Thursday it did have a role as part of a Football Association commission set up to look at improving the performance of the England team.
FA chairman Greg Dyke unveiled a commission, including former England manager Glenn Hoddle, on Wednesday when he said it was "a shame" Premier League chairman Anthony Fry had turned down his invitation.
But Premier League director of communications Dan Johnson said Thursday: "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. Greg Dyke agreed at the time that this was the best way forward."
Dyke has been careful not to pick a fight with Premier League club, who are seen by some as a stumbling block to future England success given the large numbers of foreign players they employ -- only 30 percent of those appearing in the English top flight are eligible for selection by England manager Roy Hodgson.
However, Johnson was adamant the Premier League did want to assist England.
"We will take a full part in the processes and outputs of the commission and have put the considerable knowledge, experience, research and data at the commission's disposal, whether that is drawn from the Premier League board, executive or member clubs and their staff," he said.
"There is a huge amount of expertise at our clubs. It has been made absolutely clear that Greg and his team can speak to or gather evidence from Premier League club directors, first team managers, academy managers and any other league representatives they feel would benefit the process.
"As our chairman, Anthony Fry, said back in September: 'There is no doubt around the Premier League table as to the benefits of a national set-up that is thriving and performing well.
"'That is why the Premier League clubs, board and executive all signed up to contributing to the process of debate initiated by Greg and helping to identify any appropriate outcomes that will serve to improve standards and delivery in respect of player development.'"
Johnson stressed: "This position remains wholly unchanged.
"One thing that will make it much easier for the Premier League to define our precise involvement in the commission is when we receive the terms of reference, details of the secretariat and a timetable."
England haven't won a major tournament since lifting the World Cup on home soil back in 1966.
They've still to qualify for next year's edition, although home at Wembley wins over Montenegro on Friday and Poland on Tuesday will assure England of a place at the 2014 finals in Brazil.