Scott Parker believes England have caught up with the likes of Spain in terms of developing technically gifted youngsters.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the former Tottenham midfielder, now back at the club coaching the Under-18s, declared that the current generation of young players are “miles ahead” of the youngsters of his era.
South Londoner Parker said: “What these boys can do and are being taught…they are miles ahead of anything I was asked for. Miles ahead of us.
“Technically they are superb. We can still improve their understanding of the game but in terms of pure ability it’s unrecognisable.
“When I was growing up, the keeper just put the ball down and booted it. Same with the defenders.
“Now they all play out from the back like that Spain team we all fell in love with. We have caught up.”
Parker, 37, ended his playing career during the summer despite being offered a new contract by Fulham, where he spent four years.
Having started his career at Charlton, his career also included spells at Chelsea and West Ham.
“This (Tottenham) is an elite environment and I think I know what it takes to succeed at a top, top club,” he added.