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FA plans 'fundamental' to national side

The Football Association has released its Youth Development Review which covers plans for grassroots football and coaching as well as the England set up.

FA general secretary Alex Horne described the recommendations as ‘fundamental’ in producing better English players and improving the national team. 

Changing the format for younger players was recommended in order to spend ‘increased quality contact with the ball’ to aid improvement, the development of coaches at all ages was highlighted and improving relations between the national team and professional clubs.

"The recommendations are fundamental in helping us to ensure that we produce more and better English players, and that everything possible is being done to help ensure their transition into successful international teams," said Horne.

"The FA must ensure that the highest quality coaches are available to the game, and that these coaches are trained with the right skills to specifically work with young players at every age across clubs from grassroots to elite level.

"We must ensure that the clubs and our international teams are working together in the interest of the individual player’s development, and towards the ultimate success of our England teams.

"I believe that the development of future generations of the highest quality young English players is the central challenge facing English football today. The good news is that the game is willing, and as I have experienced during the consultation, is at its best working together."

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