Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Hodgson happy with squad

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he does not expect to find many new players in contention for places in his World Cup squad.

Last Updated: 21/11/13 at 09:31 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: Happy with squad

Roy Hodgson: Happy with squad

Hodgson blooded Southampton duo Joy Rodriguez and Adam Lallana in the friendlies with Chile and Germany over the past week, along with Celtic keeper Fraser Forster.

But the likes of West Ham's Ravel Morrison and Saido Berahino of West Brom have been strongly tipped to break into the squad before next summer's finals.

However, Hodgson appears relatively happy with the players he has seen in recent months and who have helped England qualify for the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Indeed, in the games with Chile and Germany alone, Hodgson looked at 25 players.

"I don't expect in these coming months to be travelling to games and watching games and suddenly find players I have never really thought of jump out at me," he is quoted by the Daily Mirror.

"We are going to have to work very hard with the ones we have had with us this week and add the six or seven who weren't available on this occasion.

"There is work for us to do. Andros Townsend, Daniel Sturridge and Chris Smalling have just played a few games. I'm pleased they exist, because going forward they will be a lot of help to us.

"And there were other very good quality players who weren't here. I'm thinking of Michael Carrick, and Danny Welbeck. We didn't use Frank Lampard or Gary Cahill against Germany.

"In the two games, I deliberately risked and decided against going with what I think is our best 11 at the moment, to see players and give them a chance.

"I would have loved to have learned from the two games by going away with a result. Unfortunately, I've had to learn from the defeats."

Few surprises

Hodgson suggested he is probably knows the group of players that he will picking from for the finals.

"Now we have to hope that between that 30 or so players, we can produce a team that can give a good account of themselves at the World Cup," he continued.

"We will need people like Gerrard and Rooney, to be fit, although I don't think we will be the only team in the world hoping that their better players are fit.

"There is a risk that some of the euphoria we might have built up will be gone now. That is what defeats do to you.

"But that would be a disappointing attitude. I'd like to think that what we did in qualifying, especially in the latter games, still gives us some credit and is a reason for optimism.

"The last two games shouldn't really detract from the good performances and good feeling that came in October."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Manchester United U21s beat Liverpool 2-1 as Victor Valdes makes first appearance for the club

Goals from Nick Powell and Paddy McNair gave Manchester United's U21 side victory over Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.

FA Cup: Giant-killers Bradford handed Sunderland or Fulham showdown in fifth round

Bradford's reward for knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup is a fifth-round showdown with either Sunderland or Fulham.

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA top job

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag is to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Mail Box

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company