The English FA, which held talks last week with Coach Fabio Capello in the wake of England's disappointing World Cup showing, announced its rebuilding plan includes calling up a new generation of young England stars, order them to play like Spain, and groom a group of top ex-players into coaching as part of the FA’s post World Cup blueprint.
The FA said Capello’s new generation must be schooled to play soccer with “similar technique, mental alertness and passing ability, combined with goals” of the world champion Spain. Capello is to speed through the “best younger players” into the senior lineup. Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott, Jack Rodwell, Kieron Gibbs and Jordan Henderson are the prime candidates.
The FA also wants Capello to extend his role to developing coaches so that a “group of Englishmen” will be available to consider as the Italian's successor when his contract runs out in two years.
England Managing Director Adrian Bevington said, “We fully understand the fans and the wider public anger and frustration. ... We have a responsibility to put immediate and long term plans in place to give England a genuine chance of success in tournaments to come. ... [FA director of football development] Sir Trevor [Brooking] is working very hard with his counterparts at the Premier League, Football League and all club academy directors to ensure we do develop, share and deliver a long-term plan.