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Roy Hodgson feared for Aston Villa starlet in Ireland

Roy Hodgson resisted the temptation to call up Jack Grealish to the England squad because he did not want the Aston Villa midfielder to receive a hostile reception if he made his debut in Dublin.

Hodgson did not want to thrown Grealish into an uncomfortable situation. Credit: PA

Despite being born in Solihull to English parents, the 19-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level as he qualifies for the country through his grandfather.

Last week Republic manager Martin O'Neill said Grealish had turned down a call-up to the senior squad and that the player was considering switching allegiance to England.

Given that next month will be the first time that England have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995, the match is likely to be charged with emotion and Hodgson did not want to put the teenager in that situation by selection him.

He said:

I would not have picked him on this occasion because it would have been inflammatory at the last minute if he chose us and played against the Republic of Ireland.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

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Hodgson wants England fringe players to impress

Roy Hodgson wants players to show what they can do. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has called on his squad players to show him what they can do against Italy.

Hodgson has just 17 fit outfield players for the friendly in Turin, so will be relying on some non-regulars.

We've got a tougher test ahead of us against Italy and we will be playing that game with players we wouldn't normally rely upon.

There are an awful lot of people in the squad I count on that we've lost, but what it means is for those who are still with us, many who are relatively untried, there will be a chance for them to show that my faith in selecting them for this squad was justified.

– Roy Hodgson speaking to FA TV

Hodgson critical of Spurs plans for Harry Kane

England boss Roy Hodgson has criticised Tottenham, claiming they should not be taking Harry Kane on a 21,000-mile post-season trek to Australia if they think he needs a rest.

Hodgson doesn't want Kane to play in Australia. Credit: PA

Having started the season as Spurs' third-choice striker, few expected Kane to score 26 goals for the club.

But now he is the club's poster boy and, for that reason, the north Londoners are determined to take him on their post-season jaunt to Australia, where they will play Sydney FC in a friendly on May 30.

Hodgson is not so keen on the idea, however.

This is a marketing game as far as I can understand," the England manager said. Personally speaking, playing for England at Under-21 level at a tournament is more important than a friendly in Australia.

I would be very hypocritical if I didn't give that answer. If he needs a rest, there's a great opportunity when the season ends before our Under-21s get together to give him a rest.

You can't expect me in good faith to say: 'oh no, I understand he shouldn't be resting for the Australia trip, he should be doing that and then resting when the Under-21s pitch up.' I can't go along with that.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

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Hodgson keen to extend England stay

Roy Hodgson won't be retiring soon. Credit: PA

Roy Hodgson is hoping to stay in charge of the England team until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 67-year-old will be out of contract at the end of next year's European Championship but is keen to stay on.

The Football Association is reportedly aware of Hodgson's desires, but is unlikely to make a decision on his future immediately.

Hodgson supports Arsenal man over shisha pipe

Roy Hodgson does not understand the fuss surrounding Jack Wilshere's latest smoking controversy, and does not profess to be a fan of shisha pipes - even though he admits he once tried one.

Hodgson doesn't see what all the fuss is about. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger had a stern word in Wilshere's ear last week when the Arsenal midfielder was pictured holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub.

Hodgson was caught off guard when asked about the shisha episode during a briefing in London on Thursday.

I thought tobacco was smoking and shisha pipes were (just) water with flavour? Does it? [contain nicotine] Are you sure about that? I am not 100 per cent sure.

As an ex-cigar smoker when I tried it (shisha) I thought it was a complete nonsense, I couldn't understand who would do it. Apart from a faint fruity taste in your mouth that was about the end of it.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

Hodgson 'gutted' over Sterling treatment

Hodgson rested Sterling against Estonia. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, saying the Liverpool winger has been treated unfairly by the press.

Sterling was blasted by former professionals and the press after Hodgson revealed he did not start for England against Estonia because he was 'tired'.

Speaking to students at the Cambridge Union, Hodgson said: "With young Raheem Sterling this week, it guts me to see that sort of treatment.

"It’s totally unfair and totally wrong. It’s suiting people’s agendas. But, you know, he’ll be stronger for it. Is that right? Of course it’s not right! But I can’t turn the clock back, I’m living in 2014, I can’t go back to Downton Abbey!”

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