FA Chairman David Bernstein says The FA wants to play it's part in the global football family.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter paid his first visit to St. George's Park on Wednesday where he and Bernstein signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It will see The FA offer its expertise in various football disciplines to FIFA member associations.
Blatter also awarded The FA with £310,000 in funding from FIFA's Goal Programme, which is hoped will help realise the aim of making St. George’s Park a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence
And Bernstein was pleased that Blatter and his FIFA colleagues who came to the national football centre in Burton upon Trent were impressed by the new 330-acre facility.
"His thoughts were quite extensive and he expressed himself very well," Bernstein told FATV. "He was very impressed with the whole site."
"He was impressed with the quality and the extent of the facilities. Being a football man I think he enjoyed the football part most of all, the fabulous indoor pitches that we’ve got here and also the outside pitch which is a replica of the Wembley Stadium pitch.
"We were very pleased with FIFA’s and Sepp Blatter’s view of St. George’s Park."
Bernstein was also happy with how The FA's relationship with FIFA has developed over the last two years.
He now hopes the signing of the Memoradum of Understanding will help England become an integral player within the wider football community.
He added: "Over the last two years I think we’ve come a long way. We had a difficult period in 2010 before I came on board.
"At the FIFA conference I had to say one or two things which caused a bit of tension, let’s say.
"But since then I think they are working very hard on their governance and we’re working very hard staying within the tent, working within FIFA and being part of the world community, which we’ve got to be.
"We can’t operate on our own, we are part of a big football family and we want to play our part in that."”
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