Four-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Johnson has said that young UK footballers lack in speed and power.
Johnson is currently working in a part-time capacity, alongside the FA, focusing on youngsters' athletic development for clubs including Arsenal but suggests that perhaps there is a little bit of work to do from an athletic viewpoint.
He said: "In strength, there's some real pretty cutting-edge stuff coming out of the UK. Multi-directional speed and quickness and power, however, I'd say there's a little bit of a lag there.
"Once you get into athletic development, you start to look at speed, strength, power, agility, suppleness - all of those different things - and pick the ones that they [youngsters] are really interested in.
"Strength has always been a big one in the UK. There, I would say that the UK is right up there with everyone else.
"But in terms of speed and power, there's a little bit of a lag there."