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Hodgson: England comes first

England manager Roy Hodgson is confident he will have no future issues in persuading players to feature in upcoming friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

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Roy Hodgson: Will meet Republic of Ireland and Brazil in friendlies

Roy Hodgson: Will meet Republic of Ireland and Brazil in friendlies

The Three Lions boss faces another potential club versus country dispute with England's non-competitive matches on 29th May and 2nd June clashing with Chelsea and Manchester City's end of season trip to the United States.

Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill, Joe Hart, James Milner and Joleon Lescott face a busy off-season, however Hodgson does not expect a repeat of the recent Rio Ferdinand saga.

He said: "I've now got six or seven weeks to concern myself with who plays against Ireland and who goes to Brazil.

"These are two bona fide matches and a lot of other teams in this period are playing qualifying games.

"So, I don't think I need have any worries as to whether the players I select will come and play for England. They're aware we need to prepare well for the autumn internationals.

"May and June are FIFA dates. When there are FIFA dates, the first call on the players is for the international teams."

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nd we always will love Ozil. I don't really mind if no other team can see just how brilliant he is, or if people think he is rubbish, because we know he is far from it. He is a fantastic player, and if people cannot see that it can only be a good thing, in that he will be at Arsenal for years to come, pulling the strings from behind a glass veil.

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like the list and Ozil in particular does seem under appreciated when you look at his stats (an odd thing considering his fee or maybe because of it). Palace have a few and I've always thought Dwight Gayle at Palace was under rated, certainly when you look at his goals per game ratio. You can probably also add Ryan Bertrand at Saints who should be in the England team in my view.

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ew Shaun Wright Phillips, there I've said it. If any club offers stupid money we'd be stupid to say no, he's not a potential worldie by any stretch and I feel that after a few years warming the bench at city or Chelsea he'll be back at QPR smoking sheesha pipes under Harry Redknapp.

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