England coach Roy Hodgson was happy to name a youthful squad for their friendly against Italy.
‚ÄúIt was always the intention for this squad to make certain that we give some of the younger players and the players for the future a chance to get themselves known by the new England Manager and the coaching staff,‚ÄĚ Hodgson said.
‚ÄúSo there‚Äôs nine young players in the squad, but there‚Äôs also a good balance with a lot of players who would have been at the Euros had it not been for injury.
‚ÄúAnd then there are people like Michael Carrick coming back and we‚Äôve still got the nucleus of players that were with us over there so there‚Äôs still quite a big group of players who perhaps didn‚Äôt get the chance to show what they can do.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs interesting for me to have a look at these players, albeit only for a few days.‚ÄĚ