Hodgson dismisses criticism of England style

England coach Roy Hodgson dismissed criticism of their style of play during the Euros.

Hodgson confirmed he will name an experimental line-up in August’s friendly against Italy but rejected the idea England have to radically alter their style.

“I don’t regard statistics, and especially possession statistics, as particularly important when saying which is a good team and which is a bad team,” he said. “But if you are saying to me we could have kept the ball better at times and could have made more use of the good situations we got into, I’d have to agree with that.

“I think all the players realise that too. That’s an area where we have to keep working and keep improving but I don’t think statistics alone play a big part.

“We have enough quality in our players to match any style we want, but in this tournament we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare and although we defended well throughout, we could have attacked better.”

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