Concerns raised over plans for England image rights committee chaired by Harry Kane
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 09/10/18 1:06pm
A potential row is brewing over tens of millions of pounds worth of England players' image rights, Sky Sports News understands.
The FA has put forward a plan for Harry Kane to lead a committee of seven players to help negotiate how much each England player will receive in the next commercial rights deal.
While some players are happy for the group to act on their behalf, others have been warned by their agents that their best interests may not be represented - and the issue will be discussed later today in a meeting at St George's Park.
A representative of one England player told SSN: "We have serious doubts that this committee will work and think it is unlikely all players will be comfortable with it.
"We think there needs to be a more rigorous process when deciding something as important as the image rights of all England players."
Kane is set to spearhead a group that contains Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier, Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and Leicester's Harry Maguire.
The FA is hoping to strike a deal directly between itself and players, which will involve a financial settlement with 1966 Entertainment - the company chaired by David Beckham's former advisor Terry Byrne and which has overseen players' image rights since 2006.
Sports lawyer Paul Fletcher is understood to have been brought in by the FA to advise the England players during negotiations and he will meet with several of them at the England training centre on Tuesday after the squad met up for international duty.
Kane, Henderson, Dier and Delph are all already understood to be on a senior players' committee that acts as liaison between Gareth Southgate, his staff and the rest of the squad.
England face trips to Croatia and Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Friday and Monday respectively, with both games live on Sky Sports Main Event.