St. George's Park boss says that English football is moving in the right direction
David Sheepshanks remains convinced the future of English football is in good shape – despite the Under-21s exit from the European Championship.
The Chairman of St. George’s Park reckons strong foundations are being laid to boost the long-term prospects of all 24 England teams.
But he warned there will be no quick fixes. He said: “I’ve said before and I’m not going to be any more specific than that, but in the 2020s I absolutely believe that England will have its time. In all sorts of different ways.
“If it happens sooner than that, fantastic, but sometime during that decade the results – the real results, the real fruits of our labours at St. George’s Park will be felt.”
England U21s suffered defeats to Italy and Norway meaning their time in Israel will come to an end sooner than they would have hoped.
And Sheepshanks stressed that if success is to be achieved on the international stage The FA could not, and would not, rest on its laurels.
Speaking to TalkSport on Saturday he said: “As we do climb this ladder we won’t ever think we’ve got to the top.
“When we start getting to those levels, fantastic but then the view must be that we got to the top of one mountain – and there’s an even steeper one to climb.”
In the interview, recorded before England’s defeat against the Norwegians, Sheepshanks also said that the mentality must be to never give in, no matter what the setbacks along the way may be.
He added: “We’ve got to go on believing that we’re on mountain territory and you climb and you climb, and when you get knocked down you pick yourself up and you go again.
“That’s the philosophy behind St. George’s Park.”