Brooking looking to World Cup 2018 as England seek to learn from Germany

The Three Lions will be blessed with more depth in the future than Roy Hodgson currently enjoys, according to the Football Association's director of football development
Sir Trevor Brooking has revealed that England are following the example of Germany in attempting to improve the standard of the national team over the long term.

The Football Association's director of football development has set his sights on World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020, when he believes the Three Lions will have more considerably more depth than is currently available.

But the former West Ham midfielder conceded that England remain years behind Joachim Low's highly-rated side, whose investment in grassroots football he admires.

"We've got to change the culture of this country," Brooking told the Mirror. "But we've got pockets of really good stuff.

"After the 2012 European Championship, I went with Roy to a workshop with Joachim Low, the Germany coach.

"He said that, 10 years earlier, they [Germany] had been in trouble. They were ­lacking creative, attacking players. Now, they had a new generation of talent breaking through.

"I said to Roy that we were where Germany had been 10 years earlier. They had put in €50 million (£43m) 10 years before and revamped their youth structure."

Brooking ruled out the implementation of a quota to increase the number of English players in the Premier League but admitted the current situation must improve.

"I believe that in the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship whoever is England coach will have the depth of choice he hasn't got now.

"At the moment, Roy has got 32 to 36 per cent of homegrown players to choose from. The Bundesliga is ­edging towards the high 50s. Ten years ago, they were lower 40s and then they invested that money.

"We have to get to 52, 54, 56 per cent of ­players who are ­English. We have to get our youth ­development right so that English ­players are breaking into the first teams of Premier League clubs.

"I'm not in favour of quotas. They have to get there on merit. This means changing the culture at the five to 11 age group and the 12 to 16 group."