Dyke call backed by Lampard
Frank Lampard believes it was the right time for Football Association chairman Greg Dyke to open a debate about the future of the England team.
As he prepares to win his 100th cap against Ukraine, and knowing that if England are beaten in their vital World Cup qualifier in Kiev they could be looking to reach next summer's finals through the play-offs, Lampard accepts there are no easy solutions.
But with the national side's fortunes on the slide, he feels the conversations Dyke is demanding do need to take place - and he hopes the players are involved too.
"He (Dyke) was right," said Lampard. "It was a hard speech to make because only action matters.
"You can talk about what we're going to do over the next five to 10 years, but we have to go and do it.
"I would like to think it will happen (discussions with the players).
"You take a lot of information from everywhere but I don't think you can get much better than going to speak to someone like Steven Gerrard, with all his experience."
Lampard has had first-hand experience of the difficulties English players face when trying to make the grade in the Premier League.
And he understands it is not quite so straightforward as it may sometimes appear.
Take the case of Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran, part of the England Under-17 squad that won the European Championships in 2010, but whose career has not progressed in the way many imagined after mixed loan spells with Swansea and Middlesbrough.
"It is up to Josh now," said Lampard. "No one's development is an easy road. It doesn't go just like that.
"There can be ups and downs and people in your way. We have all suffered that.
"I believe Josh has got the ability and character to overcome that."
Former Premier League chief executive Rick Parry is in no doubt where the blame lies for most of the game's current ills.
He told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "The FA need to be bolder, they are the governing body - do they really want to govern?
"You look at the big issues in recent years, where you would expect the FA to be taking a position where the (associations) across Europe do, and I think ours has tended to be a little bit on the back foot and silent."
Parry added: "We should not be trying to dumb down the Premier League, it is not about trying to reign that in, it is more a case of can the FA now pull itself up by its boot straps and catch up?"