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Arsenal boss Wenger: England have great future

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.

"The best time to be England manager will be in the middle of the next decade," he told The Mirror.

"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."

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