The Football Association has confirmed the long-awaited National Football Centre in the Midlands will be completed by 2010.
Outlining their vision for the next four years, the FA’s chairman Lord Triesman and chief executive Brian Barwick said the centre at Rangemore, near Burton-on-Trent, was one of it’s main priorities.
The centre, modelled on the French football academy in Clairefontaine, was designed to create a new generation of England superstars.
The £20 million project was launched in 2001, but the FA put it on hold in 2003, instead channelling money into finishing the £757 million Wembley Stadium.
The facilities at the 300-acre site, which has eight grass and two synthetic pitches, are currently used by local non-league teams Burton Albion and Gresley Rovers for training.
The FA’s report, released on Tuesday, said: "The FA will finalise the plans for the development of a National Football Centre at Burton which will act as the preparation base for all the international representative teams and a hub from where best practice can be shared.
"The football centre will also possess medical facilities of the highest standard."
The centre is expected to have a hotel complex attached, and will also be used as a finishing school for new coaches.
Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s football development director, said: "We need to make sure we are bringing English players through the system that have the same technical ability as other big nations."