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'Technique most important in development

Arsene Wenger says the FA’s England’s DNA programme is a good idea - but the main focus should be on developing players’ technique.

The FA unveiled their blueprint - based on models used by Germany and Belgium - on Thursday in an effort to change the way football is played in this country.

Ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Stoke City on Saturday, Wenger supported the plan but insisted there is no need for a “major overhaul”.

"What is very important for English football is to target exactly what kind of qualities we want to develop and at what age"

Arsene Wenger

“I think the federation has responded well by restructuring the academies and by developing grass-roots football,” the manager said. “The most important thing is to get good education to people who start to play at the age of seven years old.

“What is very important for English football is to target exactly what kind of qualities we want to develop and at what age.

“I think good technique is the most important. I don't think a major overhaul is what English football needs.

“After that I think the attitude of the players in England is good, they love their country, they want to do well for their country. They are under a lot of pressure when they play for the national team, but they all want to do well.”

 

 

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