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 By PA Sport

If England fail at the Euros 'we'll all shoot ourselves' - FA chairman Dyke

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has stacked pressure on England by saying "we'll all shoot ourselves" if Roy Hodgson's side fail to progress from their Euro 2016 group.

Dyke also announced he will decide in the next few days whether to stand for re-election as FA chairman this summer.

The former BBC director-general would only be allowed to serve one year of a new term before exceeding the age limit of 70.

England have been handed a relatively kind draw for this year's tournament in France, placed in Group B with Wales, Russia and Slovakia.

Dyke pretended to slit his throat when the Three Lions drew Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica for the 2014 World Cup and the apparent pessimism was well placed as Hodgson's side departed without a single victory.

Hodgson's future as manager depends on England's performance, and Dyke insists there can be no excuses this time around.

"I think we'll all shoot ourselves if we don't get out of the group," Dyke said.

"But I wouldn't put that as the definition of success. I really can't say -- it would be completely unfair because of the discussions with Roy to say publicly what we see as the definition of success.

"But clearly we've got to get out of that group. If we don't get out of that group then that really is bad news for English football."

Dyke's own future is also uncertain given his three-year term as chairman comes to an end this summer.

The 68-year-old is eager to introduce a number of positive reforms to the FA's structure of governance, which would release funds for grassroots football and coaching, but the changes are unpopular and could harm his chances of re-election.

"We will sort that out in the next few days whether I decide to stand again for another year," Dyke said.

"But we are also trying to push through a fairly comprehensive reform programme of the governance of the FA which I personally think is long overdue. It doesn't make me popular."

Dyke was launching this year's 50th anniversary celebrations of England's only World Cup triumph, along with 1966 heroes Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters and George Cohen.

The event took place at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, where the draw was made 50 years ago on Wednesday, and will be the first of several planned this year, with exhibitions being put on at Wembley and the National Football Museum in Manchester.

England have reached only one World Cup semifinal since their momentous win and have failed to go past the last 16 in their two latest attempts.

"The FA is the richest FA in the world, the most income, the FA has to take some of the blame," Dyke said.

"We should have won a tournament in the last 50 years. We haven't. But we will win in the next 50 years, hopefully long before."

Greg Dyke & Roy Hodgson
FA chairman Greg Dyke, left, has promised to shoot himself if Hodgson's side don't make it out of the Euro 2016 group stage.

There is growing optimism surrounding a new generation of talent, with the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Ross Barkley and John Stones impressing this season.

While those four have cemented their first-team spots at Tottenham and Everton, many more youngsters continue to struggle and are either loaned out or released.

Dyke proposed the introduction of a quota system last year, but while the FA remains in discussions with the Premier League a number of clubs are reluctant to agree.

"There's a package of quite good kids coming through but I don't think it's systematic because I don't think enough kids are getting games," Dyke said.

"We have set up this very impressive academy system and somehow we have to get those kids playing.

"At Tottenham they have taken some of those kids and put them in the first team. If they were to be successful -- I would hate to stand up and say I want Spurs to win the league because I would be shot down -- but success in clubs with English players would help because [it would show] you don't have to rush out and buy another foreign left-back."

Dyke added: "It is ridiculous. The figures in terms of the numbers of kids who don't make it out of these academies, who just disappear, is quite frightening.

"It's not that they go and play in the lower league, they just don't play at all. And they're the cream of their generation."


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