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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."

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