Mancienne believes the retirement of Chelsea captain John Terry and Hodgsonās apparent decision to overlook Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand have created an opening for young English centre-backs and he is desperate to seize it.
āYou have to look at it as an opportunity,ā Mancienne told the London Evening Standard. āJT and Rio are still two of the best centre-halves in the world, so now I have to think Iāve got more of a chance to get into the team.
āIf Iām playing well, the opportunity is there for me to grab. Iāve definitely improved as a result of playing in Germany and playing for the full England side is where I want to be.
āWhen I came to Hamburg, I did think that it might affect my England chances but Iāve spoken to so many people who follow the Bundesliga closely that I donāt think it should harm me. Itās now available to watch in so many different places.
āIām still young and Iāve got a lot to learn but I think Iām much more consistent than I was in England, Iām better on the ball and my reading of the game has improved, too. Letās hope I can carry on doing well and that my moment will come.ā