Sir Trevor Brooking hopes that the opening of St George’s Park will spur on the country to develop more and more players of a internationally-high standard.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the the training ground, based in Burton, on Tuesday, 24 hours after Roy Hodgson’s England squad arrive in preparation for their game against San Marino on Friday.
Brooking told thefa.com: “We know we have to improve the quality and the depth of players that we have.
“We need to start by getting the 35 per cent of English players in the Premier League up to 45 per cent, then 55, then 65 per cent and so on.
“Whoever is in charge of the England team will have a better choice for his squad and when you compare us to the likes of La Liga, where they have around 75 per cent of Spanish players featuring every week, that’s where we want to get to in the next five to ten years.
“Hopefully St. George’s Park can raise the bar of coaching, players and the development of the game.”
England have been disappointing recently. They failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and a poor showing at the 2010 World Cup kick-started the development of St George’s Park. Brooking added: “It was the failure to qualify for the Euro Finals in 2008 and the concern about how we were developing young players that saw us produce ‘The Future Game’ document and how we could become more technical and improve the quality of coaching and so forth.
“Then, the disappointing showing at the World Cup in 2010 seemed to quicken up that support and encouragement for us to try and create the facility that the first people had thought about a decade before.
“We got it over the line just before Christmas 2010, then got the contract issued in February 2011 and things got underway.
“To actually complete the park in 18 months means a lot of credit must go to the people in all different departments of the organisation who kept it on time and on budget.”