Hodgson eager to change England playing style

England coach Roy Hodgson is keen to change his team's playing style.

England coach Roy Hodgson is keen to change his team's playing style.

Hodgson wants England to develop a possession-based game, the brand of football which has allowed the likes of Spain, Italy and Germany to be forces at tournament level in recent years.

He said: "We can't ignore the trends and it was very interesting to hear what [Euro 2012] semi-final coaches had to say about possession.

"England must maintain possession of the ball better and we have to work hard at international and club level. We know this.

"England must also show that we are capable of seizing the initiative and dominating games in tournaments rather than holding out against opponents and hitting on the counter-attack.

"In the quarter-final against Italy it was never our intention to sit back but perhaps fatigue set in.

"Don't forget we went into the tournament without several key midfielders due to injuries and therefore had a lack of experienced international players on the bench in that match."

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