Chelsea veteran Lampard hails impact of England coach Hodgson

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has praised England coach Roy Hodgson after victory over Italy.

Lampard is convinced Hodgson has the tactical nous to lead England into a bright, new era.

Lampard said: "He (Hodgson) had little time to prepare before the Euros which made it difficult for him to get his complete imprint on the team.

"Of course, you can't compare this game with Italy with the one in the summer because tournament games are the ones you want to win.

"But the manager and his staff have made a big thing of trying to keep the ball more, trying to be positive with our football but keeping the ball, knocking it around and playing from midfield.

"That was the emphasis in training for the past two days and, when you try and do those things in training, and see it work in the game, that's when you know we've had a good few days together."

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