A review of England’s World Cup failure has been conducted and plans have been made to deal with the future of English football.
Director of football Sir Trevor Brooking and general secretary Alex Horne have made 25 proposals with the aim of producing better young players and all have been approved.
Plans are set to be ratified in the coming months, and should they go ahead there is likely to be a complete overhaul of the grassroots youth system in England.
Youth coaching at its most basic level will be made more professional, with a change to formats and facilities and a strengthening of international team development.
The proposals come as a complement to the FA’s Future Game document, published last year – a “blueprint for the way football should be played”.
One proposal is the mandatory release of players from all English clubs if they are called upon for international duty. This is seen to ensure better levels of success at all levels and comes as a result of Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur refusing to realease players Nathan Delfouneso and John Bostock respectively before the European Under 19 Championship.
Sir Trevor Brooking also confirmed that the FA is on the verge of appointing an ‘elite development coach’, who will work across younger age groups, but have no direct link as part of Fabio Capello’s backroom staff. The current favourite for the role is Gareth Southgate.
The FA hopes to begin a new era in youth coaching, based at St Georges Park, Burton.
This review comes in a similar format to the review Germany conducted after poor performances on the world stage. This was proven sucessful as players like Sami Khedira, Thomas Muller and Mezut Ozil lighted up the World Cup in the summer and dominated England.
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