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League Focus: Why The FA’s Latest Proposals Won’t Improve English Football

In a week of international action which has seen Roy Hodgson call up Andros Townsend and receive widespread criticism for doing so, while Dominic Solanke is making up the numbers with the first team (though only because he had just won England’s young player of the year award), it is a more poignant time than ever for the FA’s Greg Dyke to announce new attempts to increase the volume of English players seeing action at the top of the game. Having called the numbers of English players featuring in the Champions League “pathetic”, he clearly feels the need for improvement, though questions will rightly be raised as to whether the proposed plans will have the desired effect.

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