Three championships and one winner! Spain leads the world in football both in coaching method and tactics as the English Football Association (FA) take the first steps to bring the English game back to the top of the pile with the opening of St George's Park.
The new £100m National Football Centre in Staffordshire was officially handed over to the FA by the constructors, Bowmer and Kirkland yesterday.
St George's Park near Burton-upon-Trent will be the England team's new training base but will also be the home of grass football.
The senior squad, the youth teams and the country's top coaches will hone their skills at the centre using its state-of-the-art facilities.
There are eleven pitches on site, including a unique full-size indoor Sir Alf Ramsey pitch, made of the highest quality artificial grass.
It is modelled on similar national academies in France, Germany and Spain, but can claim to be the most advanced training facility of its kind anywhere in the world.
According to ITV Central, the FA believe the centre will help bring about huge improvements in elite football in the UK
The FA has already announced an overhaul of the youth academy game which will see children playing in smaller teams to bring on their technical skills.
Speaking at the event, Sheepshanks said: “This is a real red letter day for The FA and English football. Last night Spain set a new standard for world football to try and emulate. St. George’s Park is all about the future in England and investing in our development for the long-term, so that in developing world-class coaches we can inspire excellence in our players of the future.”