Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has spoken about his footballing development and of the declining facilities for children in Liverpool.
The Red Devils man has averaged over a goal every other game in the league in his Old Trafford career, and is currently England's fourth highest ever goalscorer. Rooney scored England's winner against Estonia on Sunday and is one game off earning 100 England caps, which will make him the Three Lions' ninth centurion in history.
Rooney says that finding the right facilities has always been tough in the North-West, but the situation is steadily declining and heavy investment int grassroots football is needed in order to improve the opportunities for young kids and brighten the future for England.
"When I grew up in Liverpool, the pitches weren't great and there weren't really the facilities for us to change where we were playing," said the 28-year-old, "It was quite difficult at times, we used to actually get changed on the pitch, so it wasn't ideal, but now i think things are getting worse and we need to do everything we can to help."
"Where I lived I was quite fortunate that there was a little five-a-side pitch at he back of my house, but that pitch has gone now and other pitches have had houses and other things built on them, so it's definitely getting worse and the facilities aren't there for the young children to enjoy them."
The former Everton star is pleased that the FA has begun investing in development around the UK, and believes that it can only benefit English football in the future.
"This [FA investment] is great news to hear! It can only benefit the country, benefit the kids and benefit each city that gets these new pitches, so it really is great news."