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