Roy Hodgson promises revolution not evolution for the England squad
Considering Roy Hodgson had just a handful of weeks to prime an England squad for Euro 2012, he did a pretty reasonable job this summer, with the team just a couple of spot kicks away from a semi-final against Germany.
June 26th, 2012
Hodgson will now have time to plan properly for England’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign where a number of new faces are sure to emerge, while the likes of Jack Wilshere and Gary Cahill will return to the set-up after injury prevented them from participating at Euro 2012.
A friendly against Italy in August will give the Three Lions manager a chance to see some new faces and we can expect to see an experimental line-up against the Azzurri.
“You will definitely see some revolution there because that game is going to be the ideal opportunity for me to look at some players who weren’t with us here and maybe feel they should have been,” he said.
“I want to see if they can add to the quality of our team.”
“By the time we get to those qualifiers I will have to mix together what I’ve seen of the players who were here and what I’ve seen of the other players from the Premier League,” he said.
“At all costs, we have to retain the two elements this tournament has given us, our defensive discipline, organisation and teamwork and the desire to be part of an England team, to really go the extra mile to be able to wear the shirt.
“The next question is then can we improve the quality within our team.
“That’s something we’ll have to work at. I’m rather hoping one or two players will knock so hard on my door that they prove to be the right ones.”