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England coach Hodgson praises Southampton, Liverpool for backing youth

England coach Roy Hodgson has praised Liverpool and Southampton for backing local talent.

Hodgson will lead England tonight against Denmark at Wembley.

"I know the players better and, perhaps more importantly, I think that directly after the Euros perhaps we were bemoaning the fact that there weren't maybe so many young players coming through that excited us and gave us real hope for the future.

"Now I think you would agree with me when I say that is not the case today.

"Teams like Southampton and Liverpool have been very good in putting their faith in young players and not being frightened to give the players their chance to show what they can do.

"Luckily the players have accepted that challenge and luckily for me they are English."

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