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Roy Hodgson has admitted being a little disappointed by the decisions of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham to arrange post-season tours.

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Roy Hodgson 'miffed' by three big Premier League clubs

Roy Hodgson 'miffed' by three big Premier League clubs

All three Premier League clubs are travelling across the Atlantic to play matches later this month, while England have games planned against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil on May 29 and June 2 respectively.

Hodgson's squad contains eight players from these three clubs. Chelsea and Manchester City travel to the United States to play two games against each other - in St Louis on May 23 and New York two days later - while Tottenham Hotspur have an exhibition match against Jamaica in the Bahamas during the same week.

Chelsea have agreed to allow Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill to return home early from their tour in order to join up with the England squad but Hodgson is well aware that the situation is still far from ideal for his players.

Hodgson explained the FA had agreed these dates for the two international friendlies with Premier League clubs in mind.

He said: "We brought our games forward. Our official dates are around June 6 but our thought was let's do it as quickly as possible after the league season if we can, and get the players back home for a long rest.

"My thinking, which is obviously based on having been a club manager for a good number of years, is that they'll probably want a few days after the season ends.

"They're not going to want to go straight from end-of-season to us. So let them have a week and then we'll get them together and we'll keep them all week. And then they're free.

"But we've been scotched a little bit by the three teams who've decided to go on long, post-season tours.

"Because of course it's made it, particularly with the first match, a little bit difficult. Some of the players will only have been back a few days when we've got to play.

"And also we're scotched to some extent that all the three teams have decided to go far west - America and Bahamas - so they're going back and forward on these long journeys.

"But once again that's the situation we find ourselves in. We can't dictate to clubs what they do."

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