Hodgson to include Man Utd winger Zaha in England squad
The 20-year-old was named in a 25-man squad for Wednesday's friendly at Wembley after Hodgson received several positive bulletins regarding his progress over the summer.
Hodgson said: "I worked with him once in Sweden, he was very good in those three or four days that we got together and he actually played a part in the game. I am selecting players from what I see, what I hear. I am not interested in making judgements on a tournament that was not my tournament.
"I know from David Moyes and Gary and Phil Neville that he has been playing exceptionally well. He is an exciting young talent. It will be up to him to show that he has the ability to stay in the seniors squad if not I will be expecting him to do a job in the under 21's because he is still young enough to play for them.
"It's very dangerous to start taking other people's judgement. It would be wrong of me to start saying I'm going to hold something against a player when I haven't actually been there myself. The same applies to Jonjo Shelvey. I worked with Shelvey. He was fine with me at Liverpool and when I watched him play for Swansea against Malmo, he played very well.
"As far as I'm concerned, I pick a player. If then it turns out when I pick him and work with him that he doesn't have a good attitude or he doesn't do well, I will make the call then."
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