Wenger claims that English football finally has the systems in place to provide youngsters with a strong football education, and thinks the England side will feel the full benefit in the next seven or eight years.
"But I will have a beard and a walking stick by then."
"All the work has been done in the clubs' academies now. Children under 12 are playing four or five times a week.
"After 12, they work five times a week up to 16. We have 16-year-old players now at Arsenal who are ready to compete.
"That is the first time I have seen that since I have been in England in terms of quality.
"If you look at English national teams under 17, they are starting to make results. The academy system is a success. It takes 10 years.
"When I arrived in England, there was no correct youth team development.
"You take the blood of any Englishman and it is no different from the blood of a Frenchman or a Brazilian. They are not less gifted. It is education."