With nearly a full squad to choose from, Roy Hodgson is looking forward to Scotland test
Roy Hodgson has admitted he cannot wait for his England side to face rivals Scotland on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
With an almost full-strength squad at his disposal, Hodgson is excited to test his side in what he believes will be a strong challenge.
Speaking at St. George’s Park on Monday afternoon, Hodgson said: “I am happy that so many players called have been able to join because we have been unlucky in the past when players have got injured in their last club game before joining up, or we have missed players with long-term injuries.
"This time the squad is full, barring Ashley Young who is the only one, and that's important after lots of players playing at the weekend.
"It is a tough fixture with a lot of history. It will be good for preparation because they will be highly motivated. You can't always guarantee, in a match like this, that the opposition is as motivated as you - but we know Scotland will be."
Jack Wilshere is back in the Three Lions squad after injury and Ricky Lambert is included for the first time, and Hodgson is delighted to have both within his ranks.
He said: "Jack looked good. He's had matches and played regularly for a period. He's been back and playing for Arsenal in pre-season.
"We want to protect him and I'm pleased he's back. He is a precocious talent. I hope we get to use him in qualifying because we have not seen much of him.
On Lambert, Hodgson added: "Ricky Lambert is an enthusiast. He is delighted to be here and didn't look out of place - just as I expected. I am looking forward to being with him."