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New England boss Hodgson to be cautious with Euro squad

New England coach Roy Hodgson has hinted that there are unlikely to be many surprises in his Euro 2012 squad selection and that he will keep faith in the experienced players. The former West Brom boss will announce his 23-man squad on Wednesday.

"It has been interesting taking over a squad of players that has qualified for the tournament and done extremely well to qualify for the tournament under another manager," he said.

"I have tried to keep things in mind there and try to put together a squad which I think is capable of doing well in the tournament.

"And giving players also a chance perhaps to show that they are as good a player as we believe they were in the previous tournaments, when maybe the team has not gone quite as far as we hoped they would go."

Hodgson's first game in charge will be a friendly against Norway in Oslo on 26th May and England open their Euro 2012 campaign by taking on France in Donetsk on 11th June.

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