Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes the St George's Park National Football Centre will be the catalyst for improvement in English football.

Houllier played a key role in the development of the French academy at Clairefontaine which boasts a host of Barclays Premier League players amongst its alumni with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Alou Diaby, William Gallas and Louis Saha all passing through, while Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka also attended.

Houllier is convinced St George's Park, the FA's Clairefontaine equivalent which opened earlier this year in Burton-upon-Trent, will benefit the English game, and said: "To me it is a massive achievement and improvement for English football. We entered Clairefontaine in 1988 and the team became World champions in 1998, it is not only a coincidence."

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