Sir Trevor Brooking has piled praise on the eight England stars named in this year's PFA Team of the Season.
The FA's Director of Football Development, Sir Trevor Brooking, has backed the strength in depth of English talent, after eight of the 11 places in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Season were occupied by England stars.
Chelsea captain John Terry, voted the Players' Player of the Season, was joined in the team by fellow internationals Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Andrew Johnson on a fantastic night for the Three Lions.
It is the first time in seven years that so many of England's finest have graced the team of the season, and their success reflects an impressive year at international level.
In the nine games played since Euro 2004, England have won six and drawn two, losing just one friendly match, and currently sit top of World Cup Qualifying European Group 6.
One man central to England's outstanding record has been Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, whose performances in the Premiership were also acknowledged on Sunday.
Fresh from thumping in a wonderful 25-yard volley against Newcastle United, the 19-year old picked up the PFA Young Player of the Year award to round off a superb evening for the national side.
On hearing the news, Sir Trevor Brooking piled praise on those rewarded by their fellow professionals, and believes their achievement signifies the major strength of England's current crop of stars.
"It’s a reflection of the consistency of both the individuals and the clubs they play for," he enthused.
"While we do have more foreign players playing in the Premier League these days this is confirmation that the quality of our English players is improving all the time.
"These are all young players with great ability and from an England point of view demonstrate the strength in depth that we are looking to build."
Premiership Teams of the Year (Player of the Year in bold)
2005 - Petr Cech, Gary Neville, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Arjen Robben, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Thierry Henry, Andy Johnson
2004 - Tim Howard, Lauren, John Terry, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Ruud Van Nistelrooy
2003 - Brad Friedel, Stephen Carr, Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Ashley Cole, Kieron Dyer, Patrick Vieira, Paul Scholes, Robert Pires, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry
2002 - Shay Given, Steve Finnan, Rio Ferdinand, Sami Hyypia, Wayne Bridge, Robert Pires, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Ryan Giggs, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry
2001 - Fabien Barthez, Stephen Carr, Silvinho, Jaap Stam, Wes Brown, Roy Keane, Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Teddy Sheringham, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs
2000 - Nigel Martyn, Garry Kelly, Ian Harte, Jaap Stam, Sami Hyypia, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Patrick Vieira, Andy Cole, Kevin Phillips, Harry Kewell
1999 - Nigel Martyn, Gary Neville, Denis Irwin, Sol Campbell, Jaap Stam, Patrick Vieira, David Beckham, Emmanuel Petit, Nicolas Anelka, Dwight Yorke, David Ginola
1998 - Nigel Martyn, Gary Neville, Colin Hendry, Gary Pallister, Graham Le Saux, David Beckham, David Batty, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Dennis Bergkamp
1997 - David Seaman, Gary Neville, Stig Inge Bjornebye, Tony Adams, Mark Wright, David Beckham, David Batty, Roy Keane, Steve McManaman, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer
1996 - David James, Gary Neville, Tony Adams, Ugo Ehiogu, Alan Wright, Robert Lee, Steve Stone, Ruud Gullit, David Ginola, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand
1995 - Tim Flowers, Rob Jones, Graham Le Saux, Gary Pallister, Colin Hendry, Paul Ince, Matthew Le Tissier, Tim Sherwood, Alan Shearer, Jurgen Klinsmann, Chris Sutton
1994 - Tim Flowers, Garry Kelly, Gary Pallister, Tony Adams, Denis Irwin, Paul Ince, Gary McAllister, David Batty, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardley, Eric Cantona
1993 - Peter Schmeichel, David Bardsley, Paul McGrath, Gary Pallister, Tony Dorigo, Paul Ince, Gary Speed, Roy Keane, Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Ryan Giggs