the future England player

skills and attributes

The England blind team practice set pieces in training
Skills and Attributes


We aim to develop technically excellent England players with the skills and attributes to excel in international football. Future England players will have the ability to create, score and prevent goals through excellence in:
- Receiving skills
- Turning skills
- Travelling with the ball
- Passing over varying distances
- Attacking and defending skills
- Finishing skills
- Aerial ability

England lionesses take a corner kick
skills and attributes


We aim to develop England players with a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience of international football. Future England players will be equipped with the skills, abilities and decision-making capability to tactically manage international games.

We aim to produce England players who can:

- Recognise and adapt to the state of the game
- Achieve winning performances by maximising strengths and exploiting weaknesses
- Understand and apply individual, unit and team roles and responsibilities
- Adopt varied playing styles and formations
- Perform effectively against varied playing styles and formations
- Deal with varied environmental conditions

England U21 team perform strength training in the gym
skills and attributes


We aim to develop future England players who possess outstanding physical and athletic skills in the following areas:

- Agility, balance, coordination
- Speed/Speed endurance
- Flexibility
- Power
- Strength
- Nutrition and lifestyle
- Physical resilience
- Recovery

England players enjoying a training session
skills and attributes


We aim to develop future England players who display outstanding social skills across the following areas:

- Behaviour
- Reflection
- Teamwork
- Relationships
- Accountability
- Responsibility
- Independence

Please note: some of the attributes listed above may not be applicable to individual impairment specific versions of the game.

Jordan Pickford celebrates victory against Colombia
skills and attributes


We aim to develop future England players with the psychological skills and strategies to shape a winning England culture and mentality.

We aim to develop reflective, resourceful and resilient England players who display outstanding:

- Confidence
- Creativity
- Concentration
- Communication
- Control
- Commitment