St George's Park is adorned with tributes to the greatest icons in English football. An indoor pitch named after Sir Alf Ramsey and dressing rooms dedicated to Bryan Robson, Paul Gascoigne . . . and Howard Webb.
Welcome to the new £100million site which attempts to mix recognition of the past with the technology of the future to catapult England back among the world’s elite nations (ignoring the ludicrous third-place position in FIFA’s current rankings).
Next month, England’s senior squad will formally begin a new era when the team train at Burton for the first time ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
Built on land once owned by brewer Bass, St George’s Park is the culmination of 25 years of debating the necessity and then the composition of a centralised facility for England’s talent.