England coach Roy Hodgson is delighted with the form of his Scouse stars.

Hodgson expressed pleasure that the likes of Manchester United striker Rooney and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard are enjoying playing some of the best football of their England careers.

"I was pleased that Wayne and Steven have said they like playing in the current team. But I know that, I work with them every day," said Hodgson.

"In every training session I see them looking like they could be a good team, but to be a good team you have to take that to match day and win your games, and we haven't always done that in this campaign.

"Now we have a much stronger squad. To be able to send on fabulous players like Michael Carrick, James Milner and Jack Wilshere, and to have someone like Jermain Defoe in the form he is in on the bench, is much nicer."

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