Platini’s adviser: Pro game hampers England team

An adviser to UEFA President Michel Platini says that the

development of England’s national team has been hampered by

professional football’s domination of the game in the country.

William Gaillard has told the British government’s culture,

media and sport committee that England’s Football Association ”is

probably in a weaker spot than any other FA in Europe” partly

because of the power and influence of the Premier League.

Gaillard said Tuesday that the FA should emulate countries

including the Netherlands by appointing a technical director to

oversee the development of players for the national team.