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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.”
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.