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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

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!”

Hodgson apologised to Rooney over Liverpool accent gaffe

Hodgson has defended his comments about Rooney's accent. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has apologised to Wayne Rooney for a comment he made about the striker's Liverpudlian accent.

When asked about Rooney's capabilities as Three Lions captain earlier this week, Hodgson said:

"Everyone knows Wayne is not the sort of person with his Liverpool accent who is going to be able to stand up in front of a lecture room of people.

"But he doesn't need to. All he has to do is make certain the players he is talking to understand where he is coming from."

But addressing the media ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino, Hodgson admitted he felt compelled to say sorry.

"I apologised about the headline," he explained. "He knows it wasn't aimed at him or anyone from Liverpool. My wife's from Liverpool."

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