The long-awaited National Football Centre in the Midlands will be completed by 2010, the Football Association has said.
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 its main priorities.
The centre, modelled on the French football academy in Clairefontaine, was designed to create a new generation of England superstars.
England boss Fabio Capello gave his backing to the plan, saying: "It is important to have a centre, to have a home.
"A place where we can go back and be together, spend time together, feel the spirit of the shirt we are wearing, regroup and achieve the targets that we want to achieve."
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.
And one member, Ipswich Town director David Sheepshank, called for the project to be moved to a site nearer the new stadium in London, after several FA directors expressed doubt over the financial case for the Burton centre.
The 350-acre site has been costing the FA £500,000 a year on maintenance since 2005 while the governors decided what to do with the facilities.
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. And it will be a permanent base for all England age-group sides, though the seniors will move south before Wembley games.
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."
Details of the future development at the facility will be decided once the project is formally approved by the FA at a meeting at the start of June.
The FA is expected to sign a deal with a hotel group that would see the chain contribute towards construction costs at the site in exchange for a commitment to buy a fixed number of rooms at the hotel every year.
The facilities that have already been built at the 300-acre site, including eight grass and two synthetic pitches, are currently used by local non-league teams Burton Albion and Gresley Rovers for training.
Councillor John Taylor, the leader of Staffordshire County Council, welcomed the FA's commitment to the Midlands.
He said: "This is fantastic news for Staffordshire. There were serious concerns that the FA would want to locate the centre closer to London, but we were always confident they would stick with Burton and had urged the FA to do so.
"Byrkley Park is a central location with excellent communications links. We believed it was the right location when the FA originally picked the site in 2001, and it is still the right location."