Arsene Wenger wants his players to emulate Barcelona and Real Madrid and win the World Cup for England by dominating the team.
Speaking ahead of the pre-season Emirates Cup tournament this weekend, the French tactician described how he is keen to instil a homegrown nucleus to his squad of players developed in the Arsenal academy.
Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all played for the senior England side, but Wenger dreams of seeing them, or others currently in the youth ranks, developing into regular starters and pushing the Three Lions on to international success.
The Gunners added another young English talent to his squad at Emirates Stadium in the form of Calum Chambers from Southampton.
The 19-year-old defender moved in a deal that could end up being as much as £16million and Wenger was asked about taking such a risk on him.
“He was a long-term goal. I like the player and the quality he has, he is a young prospect as well,” he said.
"He is English and I hope in the future we have a core of the English national team because what we have learned over the past two World Cups is that Spain won it with six players from Barcelona, this time Germany won it with six players from Bayern Munich - I hope England win it with six players from Arsenal."
A step too far?
While it remains to be seen whether the current crop of young Englishmen will turn out to be that influential, there is certainly a concerted effort at the Gunners to get more British talent into the squad.
Wilshere, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Welshman Aaron Ramsey all signed new contracts with the Gunners last summer and Wenger admitted his squad needed a nucleus of homegrown players to give it a more ‘local’ feel.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich have prospered due to outstanding youth systems in their respective nations and it has a lot to do with a well-structured policy of developing young players. It is only natural that the one of biggest clubs in the countries benefits the most from that.
England’s youth development is not nearly as concerted as their European neighbours and most can see that major changes would have to be made by the FA if the Three Lions are going to even come close to the success of the last two World Cup winners.
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