Lineker not impressed by commission
The final make-up of the Football Association commission may not yet be complete, but former England striker Gary Lineker claims the majority of the current confirmed members are "utterly pointless".
The think tank will include FA chairman Greg Dyke, former England manager Glenn Hoddle, plus Football League chairman Greg Clarke and FA vice-chairman Roger Burden.
The likes of League Managers' Association chairman Howard Wilkinson, incoming Professional Footballers Association chairman Ritchie Humphreys, Crewe director of football Dario Gradi and former England defender Danny Mills are also confirmed appointments.
Press Association Sport understands talks are continuing with a number of different people, including those from varied ethnic backgrounds, some of whom may not be able to commit personal time serving on the FA initiative but will be engaged by it.
Nevertheless, Lineker - who won a total of 80 caps and was top scorer at the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, where England reached the quarter-finals - indicated on Friday he believes those appointments which are already in the public domain have been poor choices by Dyke.
The Match of the Day presenter said on Twitter: "No wonder they announced Glenn Hoddle early on @FA commission. Most of the others are utterly pointless. Expected better from Greg Dyke."
Lineker agreed with a response from Daily Telegraph reporter Paul Hayward that the commission was made up of bureaucrats.
Hayward wrote: "Hoped it was going to be a national football study, not bureaucrats reviewing the bureaucracy."
Lineker added: "Exactly!"
And after former Manchester City favourite Francis Lee replied to say the process "looks like a complete waste of time", Lineker described it as "a real missed opportunity".
It is not the first time Lineker has taken issue with progress at the heart of the English game, with the man who scored 48 goals for England being critical of the performance of the national team in last month's goalless draw against Ukraine.
In a series of tweets, Lineker condemned England's inability to retain possession - at one point describing the team's display as "awful", although he did delete that observation.
England manager Roy Hodgson said it was not a fair criticism although he and Lineker have since appeared together on Match of the Day, indicating they have resolved their differences.
Former England defender Sol Campbell has questioned the make-up of the FA commission, believing it should be more ethnically diverse.
"I wouldn't mind if they had some black players in there, black players who have actually done something for club and country," Campbell told BBC Sport.
An early issue that commission members have been addressing is that of players born overseas to non-British parents becoming eligible to represent England.
Dyke would be prepared to entertain the idea of Manchester United's Belgium-born teenager Adnan Januzaj and other foreign-born players representing England if the rules allow it.
However, Mills, who played at the 2002 World Cup finals under Sven-Goran Eriksson, feels that would just be a "quick fix to a long-term problem".
"If you start to do that, you actually detract from encouraging English clubs to go and find young English players," said Mills, who won 19 England caps and had successful spells in the top flight with Leeds and Manchester City, in an interview with talkSPORT.
"If you carry on going through where we are, in another 10 or 15 years England will struggle to qualify [for major tournaments] because there won't be enough players."
Hoddle has suggested a player quota system should be employed in the Barclays Premier League and called for all concerned to be "ruthless" in the quest to improve chances of success on the international stage.
It is an idea which has received the backing of PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.
Premier League regulations permit no more than 17 overseas players in a squad of 25 - with the exception of under-21 players of any nationality, for whom no limits apply.
Taylor feels the rules have not helped protect the home-grown players as they were intended.
He told ESPN: "I would like to see a rule introduced where three or four players in a starting line-up for each club need to have come through a youth development system in whichever country they are playing in, regardless of nationality.
"We need to keep the aspiration alive for youngsters that they can reach the top of the game. This is not an anti-foreigner proposal in any way, just a bid to encourage the development of homegrown talent."