Revolution not evolution for England boss Hodgson

England boss Roy Hodgson is ready for radical changes as he looks to the future make-up of the Three Lions, starting with the rematch against Italy in August.
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England boss Roy Hodgson is ready for radical changes as he looks to the future make-up of the Three Lions, starting with the rematch against Italy in August.

“You will definitely see some revolution there because that game is going to be the ideal opportunity for me to look at some players who weren't with us here and maybe feel they should have been," he said.

"I want to see if they can add to the quality of our team."

Hodgson will be wanting to check on the fitness of Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Jack Wilshere for definite.

The likes of Jack Rodwell and Tom Cleverley Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Phil Jones and Martin Kelly, will be offered an opportunity to impress.

Hodgson's priority will be to get a working knowledge of as many players as possible before he names his squad for the opening World Cup qualifiers, in Moldova on September 7 and Euro 2012 foes Ukraine at Wembley four days later.

"By the time we get to those qualifiers I will have to mix together what I've seen of the players who were here and what I've seen of the other players from the Premier League," he said.

"At all costs, we have to retain the two elements this tournament has given us, our defensive discipline, organisation and teamwork and the desire to be part of an England team, to really go the extra mile to be able to wear the shirt.

"The next question is then can we improve the quality within our team.

"That's something we'll have to work at. I'm rather hoping one or two players will knock so hard on my door that they prove to be the right ones."

 
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