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FA Race Row: Ferdinand Joins England Commission
The Football Association says Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and England manager Roy Hodgson have agreed to join chairman Greg Dyke's England Commission.
The confirmation follows criticism of the FA appointing the first eight members of the commission without any representative from an ethnic minority.
Ferdinand's appointment will go some way to answering that criticism - he was also an outspoken critic of the handling of the John Terry racism case.
Dyke insisted the FA had been in talks with Ferdinand and United for some time.
"We have been speaking to Rio and Manchester United for some time about him joining the group - before we named the other members of the commission.
"However, as he is a current Manchester United player we needed to be sure that Rio had the necessary time to fully participate on the Commission and not impact on his day job. It has been agreed he does."
The appointment of England manager Hodgson had been delayed until after the end of the World Cup qualifiers.
Dyke said: "It is important Roy can offer his views as the current manager of the national team and share the knowledge he has gained when working for many years in a number of countries.
"I wanted the international fixtures to be completed before announcing this to avoid any distractions for Roy at such an important time."
The Commission will now start to gather evidence and information and canvass opinions from "numerous people in football and sport", said Dyke.
He added: "It is important we do not lose sight of the Commission's main purpose. That is - finding a way of delivering long-term success for the England men's senior team, particularly by identifying ways to increase the number of players available to the national team playing regularly at the highest level of English football or abroad."