MAKE KIDS WORLD-BEAT­ERS

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

chal­leng­ing, but 10 years is a re­al­is­tic timescale for that.”

Eng­land have made it to the last four of a ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion just twice since win­ning the World Cup in 1966 – at the 1990 World Cup and on home soil at Euro 96.

And both times they were pipped by the Ger­mans on penal­ties.

The lat­est in­stal­ment of the Three Lions’ shootout mis­ery came against Italy at Euro 2012 this sum­mer.

Ash­ley Cole and Ash­ley Young were the spot-kick fail­ures that night – but the FA are hop­ing St Ge­orge’s Park can even change that. Chair­man of St Ge­orge’s Park, David Sheepshanks, said: “Penalty shootouts will be part of the psy­cho­log­i­cal and tech­ni­cal prepa­ra­tion.

“This is the first time that Eng­land has ever had its own per­ma­nent train­ing home in which to put these things into ac­tion at all lev­els.”

Brain­less

The FA also plans to fund fu­ture de­vel­op­ment by fin­ing cur­rent play­ers for brain­less Twit­ter com­ments.

Cole is set to make the first hefty do­na­tion for call­ing them a “bunch of tw*ts” last week.

And gen­eral sec­re­tary Alex Horne said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was keen to lighten the pock­ets of sim­i­lar of­fend­ers.

“There is a pol­icy in place across the FA. There are lines and if you cross them we will charge you,” he said.

“We will look at in­clud­ing some­thing on so­cial me­dia in a code of con­duct.”

Eng­land boss Roy Hodgson’s thoughts are on Fri­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier with San Marino.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lam­pard didn’t train with the rest of the squad yes­ter­day morn­ing as a pre­cau­tion.

Jer­main De­foe did gym work and Chelsea’s Ryan Ber­trand was con­fined to his room with a sore throat.

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