Dan Ashworth, Gareth Southgate and Matt Crocker, discuss the purpose of the England DNA
The England DNA is the playing and coaching philosophy of the England teams.
It is an outline of our way of working to ensure consistency and connection between all our age-group teams.
Our aim is that the England DNA will help create a world-class culture of elite player development leading to success at senior level.
The England DNA consists of 5 core elements:
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Roy Hodgson stresses the importance of clear and consistent messages for young England players
England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Sampson, and England U16s Head
Coach, Dan Micciche, discuss the importance of the England DNA
In Summer 2014, England’s group of national coaches sat down to discuss the characteristics necessary for a young player to progress from the U15 squad into the senior team.
The discussion led on to a playing philosophy for England teams of the future and what needed to be done in order to play that way. From these early discussions the England DNA was formed.
A comprehensive process followed including consultation with the Premier League, Football League, professional clubs and the grassroots game, as well as England’s two senior coaches, Roy Hodgson and Mark Sampson.
Our aim is to continually strive to improve our ways of working. The content of the England DNA will evolve to reflect the changing trends in the modern game, latest research and new ideas and inputs.
Interview with Dan Ashworth and Matt Crocker
Interview with FA Research Manager, Dr Wayne Allison
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