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Hodgson delighted with emergence of Man Utd pair Welbeck, Cleverley

England coach Roy Hodgson is delighted with the young talent now staking their claim.

The likes of Manchester United pair Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, who netted twice against San Marino on Friday, have staked their claim when given a chance by Hodgson.

It is part of the gradual evolution that has taken place in the squad since the woeful 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Hodgson said: "There are some very good young players coming on to the scene and the experienced players will find it harder and harder to fight off the challenge of these younger players.

"I think the turnover of players since the World Cup is (was) probably necessary. Players can't go on and on.

"In a country like England, it is good, without having a totally fresh start, that you do start thinking are there alternatives out there, is there a another route we could possibly take to achieve our goals.

"We've started to embark on that route ourselves. There are a lot of younger players either in their teams at the moment or just about to break in who will be important players.

"It is important to start introducing those to the national team as soon as possible.

"At the moment they might get a chance in friendly matches because some of the senior players are still going strong.

"But it is good when they get a chance to play against Italy, Moldova and San Marino that they don't let the team down and play well enough to make us believe we should keep faith with them, and ask whether we should include them in the first team."

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