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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson has no sympathy for England's under pressure players

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson admits he has no sympathy for his former England players over the pressure they're facing.

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was one of the England players who, along with Hodgson, copped flak in the fallout from the Three Lions' defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016.

But Hodgson has no sympathy for Sterling or any of his team-mates.

He said: “If you want to play for England that is par for the course. Once you put the England shirt on, get ready for abuse. You also get a lot of praise and I am sure he has handled that perfectly well.

“He has a very bright England future, like a lot of those players I was working with during my time there, because they had quality and potential and, like Raheem, are maturing all the time.

“Harry Kane is maturing all the time, Dele Alli is maturing all the time, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere. For all of these guys, it is two years down the line.

“Those two years of playing Premier League football and Champions League football I have always said makes a big difference.

“You can't give people that. Their potential and their talent will always be there but to mature into the finished article, they need a bit of time."

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