By Peter Glynn
The former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker, who was at the £105 million facility in Burton on Trent for the Match Attax Alan Shearer Training Day, believes improving the quality of English coaches will bring reward in years to come.
The Premier League’s all-time leading scorer explained: “At the end of the day we all want a better England team that can go on and challenge and win World Cups and European Championships.”
“I’m pretty sure that this place will help that, not only with improving the standards of the players but also with improving the standards of coaches.
“I’m pretty sure it won’t be immediately and it will take time but if people are patient then I’m sure we will be rewarded in the years to come.”
Shearer, who scored 30 times in 62 appearances for England, experienced management and coaching during his short tenure as caretaker manager at Newcastle for eight games back in 2009.
The 42 year-old has been linked with numerous managerial vacancies since but clarified that he was happy to continue with his media duties rather than return to the dugout.
“I’ve found that once you’re out of the game for a period of time, it’s very difficult to get back in. I’m pleased to see that more young guys are been given a chance now.”
“I’m pleased to see Paulo Di Canio given a chance, albeit up at Sunderland and after our [Newcastle] recent result against them. He’s young, energetic and fresh.”
Shearer was at St. George’s Park to meet a group of competition winners aged between 5-12 years old who were treated to a specially organised training session on the indoor 3G pitch.
The England legend stressed the importance of providing an enjoyable introduction to grassroots football for all young people.
“It’s hugely important particularly when I go round seeing kids in the North East and Newcastle. A football is virtually the first thing you are given.
“We want to encourage guys and girls to get into football. It gets you out, it’s great for fitness but most of all you’ve got to enjoy it. It’s great to see so many kids playing the game but also playing it with a smile on their face.”