England Manager pleased to see Manchester United's 'English spine'
Roy Hodgson has hailed Manchester United's English spine as a "major bonus" for England after seeing the Reds secure the Premier League title this week.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side won the league with four games remaining on Monday night, following an impressive 3-0 victory against Aston Villa.
And Hodgson has been pleased to see Three Lions stars Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley all play a crucial role this season.
He said: "I'm realistic in that I don't expect coaches to put teams together for England and I wouldn't dream of suggesting Sir Alex should favour English players over others.
"It's very nice to see a lot of very good English players are coming through thanks to their incredible academy system and they are going to be very important for me.
"That is of course a major bonus.
"It's a particular bonus when I go to watch matches because when I go to see United play, there's a good chance I'll see a number of English players, which unfortunately isn't always the case when I go to watch matches."
Rooney in particular caught the eye of Hodgson on Monday, starting in a deeper midfield role and playing a crucial part in a devastating 30 minutes which saw United score their three goals.
He added: "I thought Manchester United's first 20 minutes against Aston Villa was as good as any football you're ever going to see in the Premier League.
"I thought Wayne was very influential in the central midfield position and the pass for Robin van Persie was exquisite."
The win secured United's 20th league title and the latest honour under Ferguson after 26 years at the helm.
And Hodgson remains in awe of the work done by the Scotsman at Old Trafford during that time, labelling Ferguson as a 'magician'.
"It's incredible. I think the most incredible thing about it is being able to do it year after year," added Hodgson.
"There's no doubt that there is a certain lack of appetite that comes with winning things.
"It's very, very difficult to be as hungry for your second title as you were for your first and it must be even harder to be as hungry for your 25th title, or whatever it is now if you take all of Alex's titles together.
"We are talking about someone with incredible ability and an ability to keep himself fresh.
"How many Manchester United teams has he actually constructed in this period of time and this 25 years in which they have won 13 league titles and goodness knows how many cups and European cups?
"There's not much you can say really other than we'd all like to know how he's done it and what the secret is.
"To be frank, if we're going to talk about magicians in football then the only magicians I know are people like Sir Alex Ferguson, who year after year keeps producing incredible performances from his teams and his players and keeps being able to rebuild teams from the ashes of his previous team."