Wednesday, 9th April 2014

England have enough quality players to play any sort of football they are asked to, manager Roy Hodgson has insisted.

With the World Cup being just around the corner, debate has taken place about England's chances in a group that includes Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

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However, the man in charge of the team affairs refuses to be pessimistic.

He also insists that his team work on principles and are involved in everything on the pitch together, to make the team more compact at the back and more attacking up-front.


"We work on principles, the principle of attack and the principle of defence and obviously like every team, we want to have a compact defence", Hodgson was quoted as saying by the FA.

"We want good support for players who are involved in defensive situations and we want to make the pitch smaller when we are defending, just as we like to make the pitch bigger when we are attacking.

"I think we preach positivity in our attacking play, with players having the courage to get the ball and be prepared to receive the ball, even in tight situations, and, most importantly, be prepared to look forward.

"Luckily I think we have the players to play any sort of football we want to play, so I don't think our style of play will vary enormously from the bulk of the teams in the World Cup."

The Three Lions kick-off their World Cup campaign against Italy on 14th June, with a clash against Uruguay scheduled next on 19th.

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