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EURO 2012: Hodgson is set for revolution
7:53am Wednesday 27th June 2012 in News
ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson is ready to rev-olutionise his squad for their rematch with Italy in August.
Hodgson will soon head to Brazil on a fact-finding mission ahead of the 2014 World Cup, then he will be keeping a close eye on the younger players named in Stuart Pearce’s squad for this summer’s Olympics.
And before the closing ceremony at London 2012, Hodgson will have named a squad for the friendly against last Sunday’s opponents, which is being played in Bern because Wembley is unavailable.
Asked whether the future direction of his side involved revolution or evolution, Hodgson confirmed that in August, at least, the former will apply.
“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.”
Hodgson will be wanting to check on the fitness of Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Jack Wilshere for definite.
Midfield duo Jack Rodwell and Tom Cleverley may also come into the frame, while it is possible those who had only limited game-time this summer, such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson, or none at all like Phil Jones and Martin Kelly, will be offered an opportunity to impress.
In addition, Adam Johnson and Daniel Sturridge were on Hodgson’s standby list for Poland and Ukraine, while Norwich keeper John Ruddy was forced to pull out after breaking a finger on the first day of training.
Hodgson’s priority will be to get a knowledge of as many players as possible before he names his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in Sep-tember.
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