England boss Hodgson worried about Gerrard, Parker fatigue

England coach Roy Hodgson is wary of fatigue for his midfield pair Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker.

England coach Roy Hodgson is wary of fatigue for his midfield pair Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker.

Tottenham ace Parker, 31, found it tough going against France in Donetsk on Monday and eventually had to be substituted.

Liverpool's Gerrard lasted the entire 90 minutes but, at 32, his stamina cannot be taken for granted either.

It is something Hodgson will have in his mind as he selects a team for Friday's Group D encounter with Sweden in Kiev.

"Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard are both over 30 and had to work really hard," said Hodgson, as he reflected on Monday night's 1-1 draw with France.

"But I'm sure I'm not going to be the only coach wondering 'can they do it every four days?' about their players. That is what tournament football is about.

"What we've got to make certain of, is that if they can't, or start to show signs of fatigue, that others are ready to go in and do exactly the same job."

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