Tom Peck

Tom Peck is a reporter on The Independent's news desk with an interest in just about everything. In January 2012 he became the paper's Olympics Correspondent.

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The FA is acting out of desire to increase the number of English players in the Premier League

Foreign players in the Premier League: What impact will the FA's work permit changes have on the game?

Q | Why is the FA doing this now?

A | To increase the number of English players in the Premier League. The FA chairman, Greg Dyke, launched his England Commission in September 2013 with this express intention. England has talented young players but they are not breaking into Premier League first teams in the same numbers that German, French, Spanish or Italian players do.

The FA chairman, Greg Dyke, launched his England Commission with the express purpose of bringing more English youngsters into the top flight

Greg Dyke: 'There are other Harry Kanes out there who can't get a game,' says FA chairman after change in Premier League permit rules

Tighter restrictions on non-EU players and new target for home-grown talent

Sam Allardyce says West Ham have been ‘under-results-getting’ not under-performing

West Ham vs Sunderland: Sam Allardyce redirects his wrath from Karren Brady to Sky Sports' man David Jones

Straight after the match David Jones quoted Brady's column in The Sun

Uefa’s president, Michel, Platini insists his goal is ‘the good of football’ – whose good is that?

Michel Platini uncovered - as conniving as the rest of Fifa's coterie of charlatans

The Qatar World Cup will be 'good for football' only in the sense of what football has become

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

2022 Qatar World Cup final will be played on 18 December

The climax of the winter World Cup will take place a week before Christmas

Chelsea players hound referee Bjorn Kuipers

FA Chairman Greg Dyke attacks ‘scary’ rise in surrounding referees

Dyke warns clubs it will not be tolerated in the Football League

Wilfried Zaha was in fine form

Crystal Palace 3 QPR 1: England can cure Wilfried Zaha of his United blues, says Alan Pardew

With Yannick Bolasie on the left and Zaha on the right, Crystal Palace’s wingers are among the deadliest in the league

Kick off: Supporters Club

Hotel Football, Manchester: Be a Red Devil and indulge yourself

The brand new Hotel Football feels like the Class of '92 common room

Enner Valencia is unavailable for West Ham’s trip to Arsenal on Saturday after cutting his big toe on a broken tea cup

Enner Valencia's tea break takes biscuit in list of freak injuries

The striker is unavailable for West Ham's trip to Arsenal on Saturday after cutting his big toe on a broken cup

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