Lord Triesman has insisted that the Football Association will never hand over control of the England team to the professional game.
The FA chairman also rejected claims made in the wake of Ian Watmore's resignation as chief executive that the organisation is "dysfunctional'' and denied that the Premier League was now more powerful.
In response to a call by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan that the Premier League should run the England team, Triesman said that will never happen.
Triesman told BBC Radio Five Live: "I think Dave should re-read the FIFA statutes and he will find out we are responsible for the game overall in England, that's our mandate.
"I have no intention of seeing any of those rights given up and I think we are perfectly capable of doing it. If you look at the success of the England team at the moment under the general management of the FA and outstanding coach Fabio Capello, it's a bit hard to say we are getting it wrong.
"It could hardly be a better build-up to a World Cup in our recent experiences. Dave and I are not on the same page, that's spot on.''
Triesman refused to be drawn on Watmore's relationship with the Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, which is understood to have been one of the reasons behind his resignation, but said that he did not believe personality clashes had played a part in Watmore's exit.
And though he admitted the top flight is strong he insisted it is not all-powerful in the game. He added: "They run an incredibly successful league and that does make them a very powerful force.
"Our job is to try to bring together the different interests and get everybody to see the bigger interest overall. Does that mean we have a tough discussion on occasion, of course it does, but we are all grown-ups and surely we can have a tough discussion without it being the end of the world.''
Asked if the Premier League are now calling the shots, he replied: "No.''
Triesman will have been independent chairman for three years in January and said he would like to continue beyond that, whatever happens in England's bid for the 2018 World Cup, the fate of which will be decided in December.
He said: "I think there is still a lot to do and I would hope to do it. Nobody has come to me and said they don't think I should do it. I intend that we do very well in South Africa and that we do very well in our bid for the 2018 World Cup.
"I set myself positives not negatives, I don't get on this negative terrain at all.''