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SO...we are go­ing to de­fine and de­velop a foot­balling DNA and we are go­ing to in­still that DNA through­out our na­tional in­fra­struc­ture.

I wel­come that. It is un­ques­tion­ably a route we need to pur­sue.

What I sin­cerely hope though is this; I hope that we are think­ing about the strengths we can re­al­is­ti­cally cre­ate and how our strengths can be adapted to suc­ceed in the cli­matic con­di­tions in which we will be re­quired to per­form.

Sir Clive Wood­ward built a rugby world cham­pion team with a DNA that could suc­ceed in Aus­tralia.

I hope we do not just copy other na­tions who have cre­ated suc­cess. First the Span­ish way was in vogue. Now it is the Ger­man way. But that is only a part of the art of win­ning. To suc­ceed you have to be bet­ter that the poten- tial cham­pi­ons’ best, not the old cham­pi­ons’ best.

For Eng­land to win a World Cup, we need to do things bet­ter than the rest. I want us to show enough imag­i­na­tion in the process of defin­ing our ‘DNA’ to have the chance to bring the best out of our­selves.

Real Madrid have ar­guably made Gareth Bale a bet­ter foot­baller but the most ev­i­dent fac­tor is that he is a much bet­ter ath­lete.

We think we are be­hind the Con­ti­nen­tals in tech­ni­cal terms. But the Con­ti­nen­tals, above all else, cre­ate much bet­ter ath­letes. In try­ing to im­prove tech­ni­cal­ity with the ball, we are killing tech­ni­cal­ity with­out the ball.

Cre­at­ing a na­tional DNA is a great con­cept.

We just need to be open minded about what it looks like.

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