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$300m training base for England

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

BURTON UPON TRENT — England captain Steven Gerrard admits his country has no more excuses for failure on the international stage after the English FA unveiled their new National Football Centre on Tuesday.

St George's Park, the Burton home of the new National Football Centre, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who arrived by helicopter to be greeted by over 1,000 leading football figures to mark the culmination of a STG105 million ($F301.5 million) master-plan.

The FA first discussed such a centre in 1975 and now hope their home of excellence for players and coaches will deliver a winning England team within the next 15 years.

It will also be a permanent training base for England before games, with players having their own onsite hotel, their individual rooms adorned by pictures of their international predecessors.

England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who has a photo of ex-England forward Gary Lineker on his St George's bedroom wall, said: "The lads are buzzing and feel really lucky to have facilities like this.


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