ST GEORGE’S WILL
ENGLAND v SAN MARINO Group H – Friday, Kick-off 8pm
England’s future heroes are still wearing short trousers off the pitch as well as on it.
Brooking said: “We have to produce good young England players. We must make them better in those early years.
“There are three key age groups: 5-11, 12-16 and 17-21.
“We have to focus on those first two age groups and produce quality players who are good enough to break into a Premier League first-team at 18 or 19.
“The key to the long term at the elite level is to make sure the grassroots level comes up. Then they’ll be able to deal with the game we see from Barcelona and Spain.
“We’ve got to get our boys playing the same game.
“What we need to get is, instead of 35 per cent of English players playing every week in the Premier League, it’s got to be 45, 55, 65 and then 75 per cent. That’s what Spain are at the moment. England then has got every right to be