The England Manager believes he'll have a bigger pool of players to select from in 2013
is expecting more players to be in the England reckoning when the World Cup Qualifiers resume
His side currently sit second in Group H
with six games to play next year as they look to secure their passage to Brazil 2014.
And while the Manager is satisfied with their form in 2012, he’s optimistic that England can push on next year as younger stars gain more international experience.
“I’m moderately happy, reasonably satisfied but not turning cartwheels because we’ve got eight points from four games,” Hodgson said in an interview with FIFA.com
"We’re a couple of points behind where we would have liked to have been. If we had ten points, we would have been pretty satisfied given the programme we had.
“There’s a lot of football still to be played but we’ll have a much bigger group of players to choose from in the games coming ahead.
“I think the opportunity to select a team will be better for me because there will be more and more people knocking on the door, fighting for a place.
“That will increase the competition and hopefully increase the level in performance.”
Hodgson has used 44 players since taking the helm of the national team in May
and has handed 14 debuts in his 12 games in charge.
He believes that this approach will help give him a stronger pool of talent to select from should they reach the World Cup.
“When you select a squad of 23 players, there is plenty of space to put some in there who arguably might not be ready today,” continued Hodgson.
“Bearing in mind, if we’re going to qualify for Brazil, it’s nearly two years’ time.
“Some of these young players who are around the fringes of our squad – getting some experience, getting a feel of what it might be like to be a Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard or Ashley Cole – might, in two years’ time, be right up there alongside these players.
"They might even be taking their places if these players can’t keep up to the standard we’ve acquired.”
He added: "But the present is very important. We need to have a successful team.
"There’s no doubt we’re going to see a vast improvement over the coming ten years, and I think you see it already if you look at the young players that are coming through today.
"Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Cleverley, Bertrand, Gibbs, Wilshere – in all of these players you can see that technically they are of a very good level. It can only get better."
2013 will not only determine England’s World Cup Qualifying fate, however, as The Football Association also celebrates its 150th Anniversary
As part of the activities to commemorate this landmark, England also face a string of illustrious friendly matches at Wembley Stadium and abroad, including home and away meetings with World Cup hosts Brazil.
“Friendly matches are friendly matches in name only because they’re always competitive matches as far as we’re concerned,” Hodgson said.
“In particular the Brazil game, most players are going to want to play. Then we’ve got Scotland and Ireland, traditional fixtures, and they’ll be fiercely competitive because of the ‘sibling rivalry’ that exists between the countries.”
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