Hodgson wants more importance placed on England team

England manager Roy Hodgson feels that football in the country could benefit from a possible winter break.
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England manager Roy Hodgson feels that football in the country could benefit from a possible winter break.

Plenty of leagues in Europe take time off during the Christmas season and Hodgson suggests that English football should take a leaf out of the mainland’s book so the national team players can be given some respite.

Hodgson also believes that there should be more importance placed on the national team with a Premier League break likely to help.

"It would be lovely to think that one day we could all get together and say 'England is important',” Hodgson said.

"You hear people trying to say it's only the Premier League that counts, and the Champions League, and people don't care about international football – something like 24 or 25 million watched our (Euro 2012) game against Italy.

"If you want to see the English desire to see a national team do well, you only have to go to the Olympics.

"It's Great Britain but you had 20,000 turning up to watch a handball game – let alone beach volleyball, but that's a different matter."

 
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