England coach Hodgson: Critics won't affect me

England coach Roy Hodgson says he can handle the criticism that comes from selecting his latest squad. Hodgson knows no matter which way the decision goes, it will be criticised by some.

England coach Roy Hodgson says he can handle the criticism that comes from selecting his latest squad.

Hodgson knows no matter which way the decision goes, it will be criticised by some.

The 66-year-old is experienced enough to realise that is the drawback of being a manager.

But he prefers to have talk like that rather than angst about a lack of decent players.

"The talk and headlines don't worry me," he said. "When you work with a team you know one day you will have to leave someone out and give another guy a go - and it's often when a younger player is coming through.

"It's always a difficult moment. You know it's got to be done and you are making the right decision but on the other hand you are hurting someone who has done a fantastic job for you.

"But with a national team you have to be a little bit more sanguine, as do the players.

"The fact is they are all stars in their own right. Frank Lampard is to Chelsea what Gerrard is to Liverpool, what Wilshere could become for Arsenal, what Carrick is to Manchester United.

"You are not exactly comparing small clubs there. I'll make my decisions as honestly as I can and it certainly won't be through lack of respect for the one I leave out."

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