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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.

Last Updated: 31/03/13 at 11:48 Post Comment

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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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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