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.

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"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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