10 Oct 2013

Only 30% of EPL players English

10:50 pm on 10 October 2013

Former England football manager Glenn Hoddle will be part of a commission investigating how to improve the fortunes of the national team.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke revealed plans to set up the commission in a speech last month, when he referred to the "frightening trend" of English players being supplanted by foreigners in the Premier League.

Only about 30 per cent of the players currently playing in the English top flight are eligible for selection by England coach Roy Hodgson.

The England team has not reached the semi-finals of a major tournament since the 1996 European Championship, which they hosted, and the commission will investigate the reasons for their recent failings.

Dyke, who took up his role in July, has set the team the target of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Hoddle, 55, spent three years as England manager and led the team to the last 16 at the 1998 World Cup in France, where they lost on penalties to Argentina.