England boss Hodgson backs B-team proposals

The Three Lions manager was one of those making up the commission which recommended an extensive redesign of the Football League system in order to benefit the national team
England manager Roy Hodgson has welcomed the Football Association's proposals to improve the national team.

The FA proposed the introduction of Premier League B teams into the Football League, inserting them into a new fifth tier, in a report released on Thursday.

Chairman Greg Dyke and his commission, which included Hodgson, identified a lack of opportunities for players between 18 and 21 years old at top clubs, work permit issues and coaching and facilities problems.

Hodgson hopes the report will lead to a debate about the national team but believes that the proposed changes are for the best.

"Everyone who is passionate about English football would strongly advocate the findings and recommendations," he told the press

"I hope the debate that has been provoked can lead to some real developments in our game."