Hodgson: England players didn’t get my instructions

Date published: Tuesday 6th December 2016 8:30

Roy Hodgson claims that he over-estimated how well his players could understand his instructions during his time as England manager.

The 69-year-old was in charge for a largely unsuccessful four years as the Three Lions boss, in which they went out of Euro 2012 in the quarter-finals, were eliminated from the 2014 World Cup at the group stage and, more recently, embarrassingly knocked out by Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.

Speaking to Uefa coaching magazine The Technician, Hodgson has admitted that he thought his directions were resonating with the players more than they actually were.

“One of the things I’ve learned in the last two years was overestimating players’ understanding of exactly what you want,” Hodgson said. “You have to make certain that they themselves take ownership of the situation.

“In the last couple of years with England, we filmed the training sessions, we filmed the games in wide angle, and we started having meetings in smaller groups. The goalkeepers and the defenders. The midfield players and the attackers. Sometimes defenders and midfield players. Sometimes midfield players and attackers. We went through things but we got them to tell us back what we had been telling them.”

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