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Elsewhere, Trevor Brooking insists the Barclays Premier League’s leading clubs, including United, must blood top English talent in their first-team squads if England are to improve upon last summer's dismal campaign in South Africa. The FA’s director of football development is positive however and believes a successful 2018 World Cup bid could hold the key to success. Brooking is quoted in the Daily Mail: “I would be very excited with this group [of young English players] if we won the 2018 bid. But it would put a lot more emphasis on how on earth we get these lads playing first-team football. If we win the bid in December then you would have to really give it some thought; on how to channel this group through because they can be a really good group.”