Trevor: Standards Need Improving

Trevor Brooking says that the standard of young players in this country is not as good as it should be - and he hopes, when he starts his new job as director of football development at the FA on Monday, he can do something about it.

He also says he will stay in regiular contact with events at Upton Park even though he will no longer be able to personally attend every game at Upton Park.

"It is looming now but hopefully I will stay close to the club, I will see as many games as I can, and I should be okay for the Preston game.

"The job is a challenge and hopefully, if we can get the grass roots level and participation better with good quality coaches that can improve the technique of youngsters, we can benefit West Ham and every club.

"There is no question, whatever anyone says, the choice of English youngsters is not as good as it should be from a technical point of view.

"Everyone moans and groans about overseas players but the only reason anyone goes for those is because technically there are not enough English youngsters coming through in the quantity required.

"We have to work on that, but it is a long term plan, and naturally the England team and Sven and the performances in Euro 2004 will be a big boost to everyone if England can do well there.

"So at all levels it will be an interesting opportunity to get involved and I look forward to it."