Roy Hodgson’s young England defeats Italy for the first time in 15 years
England manager Roy Hodgson believes England will be one of the finest powerhouses in the world in future. Roy Hodgson was full of praise for England’s youngster following their 2-1 victory over Italy on Wednesday in the Swiss capital.
England’s star player Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and John Terry were ordered to rest. Instead, Chelsea and England veteran Frank Lampard was asked to lead England’s latest batch of players against Italy.
Roy Hodgson is preparing England for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A number of players made their debuts for England on Wednesday. The list includes Goalkeepers Jack Butland and John Ruddy, midfielder Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), forward Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea) and midfielder Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur).
“It was just the type of game I expected,” said Roy Hodgson, who his men inspire a comeback with goals from Phil Jagielka and substitute Jermaine Defoe after Italy captain Daniele De Rossi scored the first goal of the night.
“There were a lot of players looking to make an impression ahead of the qualifiers and I'm happy with the way they played,” Roy Hodgson continued.
“It is the qualifiers that really count but it is nice to know that we have a deeper squad than the one we took to the Euros.”
Roy Hodgson, who has been singing hymns about football at the Olympics as of late, is hugely impressed with the players from the Great Britain’s side. Great Britain suffered a shock defeat to South Korea following a penalty shoot-out.
Roy Hodgson believes that the players in the Great Britain squad were impressive at the Olympics and deserved to go deeper in the competition.
“I genuinely thought everyone did well. I would be hard pushed to criticize anyone, but it was nice to see Cleverley, Butland and Bertrand, who are fresh from the GB Team,” Roy Hodgson said.
“They brought that form and enthusiasm with them and it was very useful for us in terms of our midfield play.”
England has faced only one defeat under Roy Hodgson and that came against Italy in the penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in Kiev at the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. Roy Hodgson believes that England quality player but the process of building a team or a player takes time.
“You don't become a really good player overnight. You have to play an awful lot of matches and do it at the highest level,” Roy Hodgson added. “Tonight the quality of their play was very good and it was good for the young players to have those people who could show that composure on the ball around them.”